Here we go again, another New Year to celebrate. Looks like probably the only celebration where the whole world celebrates the same event at the same time. In the process of hunting up some information I found that one of the earliest recordings of a New Year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March... The Egyptians, Phoenicians and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice. The big New Year's Eve event of today began in 1904. That was the year the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue was renamed Times Square, after The New York Times built a new headquarters there. It had previously been called Long Acre Square.
To celebrate the official opening of the One Times Square building, newspaper owner Adolph Ochs decided to throw a big New Year's Eve party. For the first three years, Ochs shot fireworks off the top of the building to signal the new year. But in 1907, the city banned fireworks. That's when the ball drop came in. Inspiration was drawn from the "time balls" first used in the early the 1800s to help ship captains tell time and precisely set their navigation tools while out at sea.
The New Year's Eve ball has been dropped every year since 1907 — with the exception of 1942 and 1943, because of World War II's “dimout” restrictions. Crowds instead held a moment of silence to honor the New Year. The first ball weighed 700 pounds and featured 100 light bulbs. The current one, which is permanently housed on top of the One Times Square building, weighs 17 times as much and features roughly 32,000 LEDs.
The building that started Times Square's New Year's Eve celebration now stands mostly empty — except for a Walgreens.
Now I have never been to any of the events anywhere simply because there are just too many people crowded in one place. I was always afraid of those who might have their hands in my pocket.
Here is a little history on New Year’s celebration starting back a few thousand years. In Babylon the god Akitu was the festival for the new year which was celebrated in March or April. The festival honored the supreme god Marduke, and the planting season.
While it’s called the “Festival of Drunkenness” it might sound like something we do for the new year day today, This Egyptian tradition was deeply rooted in their mythology. According to the stories the lion-head goddess of war, Sekhmet, has decided to destroy all of mankind. The Sun god intervened; giving massive quantities of blood colored beer, Sekhmet drank it, thinking it to be human blood than promptly passed out, before she could destroy the human race. (It seems we are always trying to destroy the world even 3000 years ago. The Egyptians of their day partied hardy, but not just drinking but hard core drinking.)
Nowruz, the Persian new year, is still a holiday that is celebrated globally, and it has the distinction of being one of the-if not the- longest continually celebrated holiday in the world. According to some documents, the March 2013 observance of Nowruz was the 5,774th observance of the holiday; some believe that it has been around in one form or another for almost 15,000 years. There are records of Nowruz being celebrated in 550 B.C. by Cyrus the Great, but versions of it were known to be observed 2,000 years earlier, in the ancient Kingdom of Aratta.
Well since I have given you some good information, try keeping the camel driver away from the boos.