New Year's Eve Traditions Around the U.S.

Published on January 3rd, 2017

The year is coming to a close and homeowners all over the world are getting their homes prepped for New Year’s Eve parties. For many years, homeowners across the U.S have formed traditions within their families that they carry on every year and pass down to younger members of the family. Everyone here at vLoan wishes you a very happy and healthy new year!


History of New Years

According to, around the time of the 8th century B.C, the calendar began to fall out of sync with the sun. In 46 B.C, Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar. This calendar stated that January 1st was the first day of the year. Caesar also chose this month to honor the Roman God of Beginnings, Janus. During that time, the romans celebrated the New Year by exchanging gifts, decorating their homes and attending very lively parties.

U.S Traditions

Times Square

One of the most popular American traditions began in 1907: the tradition of celebrating the New Year in Times Square. Every year more than 1 million people crowd into the square to celebrate the New Year; for those who cannot make the celebration, they can watch on television. The original ball that was dropped in 1907 was made of wood and iron. The current New Year’s Eve ball that is dropped is now covered in Waterford crystals and weighs 11,875 pounds.

When the clock strikes 12

Many traditions families have, revolve around the clock striking 12. This time signifies the start of the New Year and many people at social gatherings or even in their homes make a toast to the New Year with a glass of champagne and a kiss.

Lucky Food

Some U.S families ring in the New Year with certain foods they believe will bring them good luck. Often times, people will eat circular foods because it represents the old year being completed. Pork is also seen as one of the luckiest meats to eat on New Year’s Day. As a side, people will also include black eyed peas into their meals; they are shaped like a circle and the abundance of peas represent the hopes of receiving the same amount of money in the New Year.

We hope that you have a great New Year filled with happiness and success. If you ever have any questions about your mortgage or about our mortgage options, please contact us today.

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