2020 is a leap year.
2020 is the 2020th year of the Common
Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.
2020 is the 20th year of the 3rd
2020 is the 20th year of the 21st
2020 is the 1st year of the 2020s
In America, it is strongly believed
that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Eve will bring good luck in the
coming year.
People in Italy believe that wearing
red underwear on New Year’s Day will bring them good luck.
New Year’s Eve and resolutions are
synonymous. Resolutions at this time of the year an age-old tradition, in which
one may resolve to change an unwanted habit or characteristic. This practice is
first believed to have started in the Western Hemisphere and later moved to the
Eastern Hemisphere too.
Roman emperor Julius Caesar should be
given due credit for establishing New Year’s Day. This day was part of the
Julian calendar that he introduced in 45 BC.
The earliest recording of New Year
celebrations dates back to 2000 BC in ancient Mesopotamia. The event took place
in mid-March around the time of the vernal equinox.
The month of January is named after
the Roman god Janus. He had two faces, one looking forward and one looking
backward. Janus is said to rule over doors, beginnings and endings.
The Gregorian calendar restored
January 1 as New Year’s Day, in 1582. In the current times, New Year’s Day is
probably the most celebrated public holiday.
It is possible to celebrate New Year’s
Eve twice in a single day. By travelling from Samoa to American Samoa (they’re
separated by 24 hours), you can rewind the clock and revel again.
According to a tradition in Romania,
farmers try to talk to their animals talk on New Year’s Day. They believe that
talking to the animals brings good luck and better health.
Eating grapes at midnight on New
Year’s is a tradition in Spain. People from Spain believe that eating 12 grapes
at the stroke of midnight ensures 12 lucky months in the year ahead.
(Source: Wikipedia.com
& https://www.hindustantimes.com)


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