New Year’s Eve Rituals

Do you have a New Year’s Eve ritual?

  • Spending time with family or loved ones?
  • Celebrating out on the town?
  • Watching the famous ball drop in Time Square?

Let’s take a look at how the ball dropping tradition began…

December 31, 1907:  First time ball drops at Times Square to signal new year

Since 1907, the year of the first Ball Lowering celebration, this tradition has become a universal symbol of welcoming the New Year. It is seen via satellite by more than one billion people each year. The original New Year’s Eve Ball weighed seven hundred pounds and was five feet in diameter. It was made of iron and wood and was decorated with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs. For ninety-eight years, Times Square has been the center of worldwide attention on New Year’s Eve.


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