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Wishing all our clients, friends and visitors a Happy and prosperous New Year!

To while away those ‘January Blues’ for five minutes, here’s ten facts you may, or may not have known about one of the highlights of the year…

New Year Facts

The first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years ago by the ancient Babylonians.

There’s Champagne That Costs £5,000 Per Sip
Let’s assume that you want to plunk down so much for champagne, you’re willing to mortgage your house – and your vacation home – to buy it. In that case, you’d be looking at a bottle of Goût de Diamants’ Taste of Diamonds, according to The Drinks Business. At £1.2 million a bottle, it’s worth at least £5,000 a sip by our reckoning.

Some people wear adult diapers while celebrating New Year at Time Square due to the lack of toilets.

The first rooftop celebration atop One Times Square, a fireworks display, took place in 1904 and was produced by The New York Times to inaugurate their new headquarters in Times Square and celebrate the renaming of Longacre Square to Times Square.

The top three places to celebrate New Year’s Eve are Las Vegas, Disney World and of course, New York City. Internationally, one of the biggest celebrations is in Sydney, Australia. More than 80,000 fireworks are set off from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

New Year is celebrated by several special foods in different countries. For example, in Southern US, Ireland, Germany and Italy leafy greens and legumes are associated with financial fortune.

Finnish people have a weird tradition which goes by the name molybdomancy. This is all about telling fortunes. A small amount of led is melted in a small pan using a small stove. The melted metal is then thrown into a bowl full of cold water. The liquid metal solidifies and the resulting shape of the solid metal is then analyzed in candle light to tell the fortune of a person in the coming year.

Most English speakers traditionally sing the song ‘Auld Lang Syne’. It is actually a very old song from Scotland and was first published in 1796 poet Robert Burns in the book titled Scots Musical Museum. The literal translation of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is ‘old long since’ and actually means ‘times gone by’.

New Year is usually considered to be the best time for making resolutions. The most popular being ‘quit smoking’, ‘lose weight’, ‘stay healthy and fit’, ‘save more money’ and ‘get (more) organised’. Resolutions usually mean people want to give up some bad habits and pick up some good habits but resolutions may not necessarily be about habits.

If Santa is the most common symbol associated with Christmas, then Baby New Year is the symbol most commonly associated with….you guessed it, New Year’s! Baby New Year is often seen in a diaper, black top hat, and a sash showing the numbers of the new year. Myth states that he matures into an old man during the year.

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Here are the Top New Year’s resolutions for 2017

1

Lose Weight / Healthier Eating

21.4%

2

Life / Self Improvements

12.3%

3

Better Financial Decisions

8.5%

4

Quit Smoking

7.1%

5

Do more exciting things

6.3%

6

Spend More Time with Family / Close Friends

6.2%

7

Work out more often

5.5%

8

Learn something new on my own

5.3%

9

Do more good deeds for others

5.2%

10

Find the love of my life

4.3

11

Find a better job

4.1%

Other

13.8