Times Square's Confetti Is Made Of People's Actual Dreams

By | December 28, 2019

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Confetti rains down on New Year's Eve partygoers. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

When the clock strikes midnight and the ball drops on New Year's Eve, between 3,000 and 4,000 lbs. of confetti will rain down on the revelers packed into New York City's Times Square. It's an essential component of the festivities, but we take the confetti for granted. It turns out that it holds as many secrets and ambitions as every head that it hits and inevitably gets stuck on until the second week of January. Let's look at some of the behind-the-scenes facts about the shreds of paper that get dumped on the residents of New York City every year, including how you, too, can turn your hopes and dreams into Times Square's confetti.

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Confetti may have started with the ancient Greeks. (britannica.com)

Why Do We Throw Confetti In The First Place?

Throwing confetti to celebrate momentous occasions is a very old tradition. In fact, it dates back as far as 2,500 years, when the ancient Greeks shredded leaves, flowers, and twigs to throw in the air when soldiers returned from war. Although its construction has changed over the years and the practice adopted a curiously Italian name, confetti remains a traditional demonstration of celebration.