Another year has come
and gone, and we celebrate this grand event in many different ways.
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A) return borrowed farm equipment
B) fight less with neighbors
C) build a bigger home
D) study religion
2. The Tournament of Roses Parade dates back to 1886. In that year, members of the Valley Hunt Club decorated their carriages with flowers. It also celebrated the
A) New Year
B) anniversary of the rose
C) ripening of the orange crop in California
D) first football game of the new year
3. Although the Rose Bowl football game was first played as a part of the Tournament of Roses in 1902, the following year it was replaced by
A) the European soccer championship game
B) Roman chariot races
C) a National musical concert
4. The tradition of using a baby to signify the new year was begun in 600 B.C. in
5. Although the early Christians denounced the practice as pagan, the popularity of the baby as a symbol of rebirth forced the Church to reevaluate its position. The Church finally allowed its members to celebrate the new year with a
A) star to symbolize the star seen by the wise men
B) cross to symbolize Jesus’ death
C) clock to symbolize the passing of time
D) baby to symbolize the birth of the baby Jesus
6. The use of an image of a baby with a New Years banner as a symbolic representation of the new year was brought to early America by the
D) Native Americans
7. The song, "Auld Lang Syne," is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotch tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means
A) “Happy New Year”
B) “old friends together”
C) "old long ago"
D) “it’s been a long time”
IN THE NEW YEAR
A) drink champagne
B) celebrate the first few minutes of a the new year with family and friends
C) sing “Auld Lang Syne”
D) set off fireworks
9. It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year's Day would bring either good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. It was particularly lucky if that visitor happened to be
A) a rich uncle
B) a pregnant woman
C) a tall dark-haired man
D) your neighbor
10. Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that good fortune is theirs on New Year’s Day if they
A) eat donuts
B) share a ring of fruit cake
C) serve all food on round plates
D) form a circle with friends at midnight to drink their champagne
11. Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by consuming
A) black-eyed peas with hog jowls or ham
D) all of the above
E) none of the above, as they are all symbols of bad luck
12. An old tradition has it that you should not do laundry on New Year’s Day. The thought was that if you did laundry,
A) you would have to give those clothes to the person who caught you washing them
B) the clothes would be too small by the end of the year
C) you would permanently stain the clothes the next time you wore them
D) you risked 'washing someone out of your life' by the end of the year
13. Putting a penny on the windowsill on New Years Eve will
A) bring you good fortune for the new year
B) bring you fewer debts in the new year
C) collect dust before the end of the month
D) bring good health in the new year
Around the world, different cultures have their own traditions for welcoming the new year.
14. The Japanese hang a rope of straw across the front of their houses to
A) remind neighbors to stay out
B) keep out evil spirits and bring happiness and good luck.
C) raise the Japanese flag at midnight and sing their national anthem
D) throw their shoes out the door
15. In West Bengal, in northern India, people like to wear pink, red, purple and white flowers. Women favor
16. Hindus put ______________ next to their beds so they can see beautiful objects when they wake up to the new year.
B) photo albums
17. In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadians enjoy
A) champagne on ice
B) the traditional polar bear swim
C) having their New Year’s party at sunrise on January 1
D) a week-long celebration
18. The United States rings in the New Year with its largest celebration since 1908, the dropping of the ball in New York's Time Square. Then on New Year's Day it celebrates with the Tournament of Roses Parade, held for over 100 years in Pasadena, California, by decorating floats with thousands of flowers, seeds and other plant materials. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania they have
A) a “Brotherly Love Festival”
B) their annual “Liberty Bell Picnic”
C) the Mummers' Parade
D) the dropping of the Red Heart, similar to the ball in New York
19. A fairly new New Year’s Eve tradition that is starting to spread worldwide is
A) rice tea instead of champagne, since rice is a symbol of luck
B) door-to-door singing of “Auld Lang Syne” (like caroling)
C) ice-skating at the town square
D) a community celebration of the visual and performing arts
About the Ball at Times Square
20. Revelers began celebrating New Year's Eve in Times Square in
21. The New Year's Eve Ball made its maiden descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square in
22. For two years, the use of the Ball was suspended due to
A) the "dim-out" of lights in New York City
B) the high cost of electricity
C) faulty wiring resulting in fires
D) a vote of the state legislature
23. In 1955, the iron ball was replaced with an aluminum ball weighing a mere
A) 50 pounds
B) 150 pounds
C) 280 pounds
D) 325 pounds
24. From 1981-1988, red light bulbs and the addition of a green stem converted the Ball into an apple
A) in honor of America’s apple growers
B) because New York is known as the “Big Apple”
C) for the "I Love New York" marketing campaign
D) because the apple was the first fruit eaten in Eden at the beginning of time
25. In 1995, the Ball was upgraded with
A) mirrored skin, tinsel, and diamonds
B) fiberglass skin, gold bangles and speakers
C) foil skin, “Christmas lights”, tinsel and gold tinsel
D) aluminum skin, rhinestones, strobes and computer controls
26. The aluminum Ball was lowered for the last time in
27. 1999 - For Times Square 2000, the millennium celebration at the Crossroads of the World, the New Year's Eve Ball was completely redesigned by
A) Mayor Rudy Giuliani
B) Waterford Crystal
C) Alexander Calder
D) Daniel Swarovski
The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Today
28. The Ball is
A) 6 feet in diameter
B) weighs approximately 1,070 pounds
C) Has over 1,000 lights
D) All of the above
E) (B) and (C)
F) (A) and (B)
29. The exterior of the Ball is illuminated by _____ Philips Halogená Brilliant Crystal light bulbs
30. The interior of the Ball is illuminated by ___________ Philips light bulbs
31. The New Year's Eve Ball is the property of
A) Donald Trump
B) the city of New York
C) the state of New York
D) the building owners of One Times Square
2. C) ripening of the orange crop in California
3. B) Roman chariot races - In 1916, the football game returned as the sports centerpiece of the festival.
4. A) Greece - It was their tradition at that time to celebrate their god of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of that god as the spirit of fertility. Early Egyptians also used a baby as a symbol of rebirth.
5. D) baby to symbolize the birth of the baby Jesus.
6. A) Germans - They had used the effigy since the fourteenth century.
7. C) "old long ago" - or simply, "the good old days."
8. B) celebrate the first few minutes of a the new year with family and friends - Parties often last into the middle of the night after the ringing in of a new year.
9. C) a tall dark-haired man
10. A) eat donuts
11. D) all of the above - Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day.
12. D) 'washing someone out of your life' by the end of the year - The 'washing out' thought typically meant through death.
13. A) bring you good fortune for the new year
14. B) keep out evil spirits and bring happiness and good luck - They also have a good laugh as the year begins to get things started on a lucky note.
15. C) yellow - the color of spring
16. A) shrines
17. B) the traditional polar bear swim - People of all ages don their swim suits and take the plunge, an event that is sure to get you started in the new year with eyes wide open.
18. C) the Mummers' Parade - This tradition relates back the Swedish who settled outside of Philadelphia. Marking the occasion were the loud noises that filled the air as they paraded down the streets.
19. D) a community celebration of the visual and performing arts - Started in Boston in 1976, an organization called First Night promotes alcohol-free festivals in 186 American cities, 16 in Canada, plus Hastings, New Zealand and Greenwich, England. Typical experiences include ice sculptures, dancing, storytelling, theater, poetry, films and, at the stroke of midnight, an elaborate fireworks display.
20. B) 1904 – Dick Clark started his reign as host in 1972
21. (C) 1907 - This original Ball, constructed of iron and wood and adorned with 100 25-watt light bulbs, was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds. In 1920, a 400 pound ball made entirely of iron replaced the original.
22. A) the "dim-out" of lights in New York City – This occurred in 1942 and 1943, during the war. The crowds who still gathered in Times Square in those years greeted the New Year with a moment of silence followed by chimes ringing out from One Times Square.
23. B) 150 pounds
24. C) for the "I Love New York" marketing campaign - In 1989, the traditional Ball with white light bulbs and without the green stem returned to brightly light the sky above Times Square.
25. D) aluminum skin, rhinestones, strobes and computer controls
26. B) 1998
27. B) Waterford Crystal - The new crystal Ball combined the latest in technology with the most traditional of materials, reminding us of our past as we gazed into the future and the beginning of a new millennium. This Ball, which remains the current version, made its first descent during the last minute of the 20th century, at the Times Square 2000 Celebration.
28. F) – (A) and (B) – a geodesic sphere, the Ball is is covered with a total of 504 Waterford crystal triangles that vary in size and range in length from 4 inches to 5 inches per side. For the 2005 New Year's Eve celebration, 72 of the crystal triangles featured the new "Hope for Wisdom " design, consisting of a symbolic pinwheel motif. The wheel recognizes a milestone of human achievement and represents wisdom. The remaining 432 triangles feature Waterford designs from previous years, including the Hope for Unity, Hope for Courage, Hope for Healing, Hope for Abundance, and Star of Hope triangles. These crystal triangles are bolted to 168 translucent triangular lexan panels which are attached to the aluminum frame of the Ball.
29. A) 168 – these light bulbs were exclusively engineered for the New Year's Eve Ball to enhance the Waterford crystal.
30. C) 432 - 208 clear, 56 red, 56 blue, 56 green, and 56 yellow. It also has 96 high-intensity strobe lights, which together create bright bubbling bursts of color. The exterior of the Ball features 90 rotating pyramid mirrors that reflect light back into the audience at Times Square. All 696 lights and 90 rotating pyramid mirrors are computer controlled, enabling the Ball to produce a state-of-the-art light show of eye-dazzling color patterns and a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.
31. D) the building owners of One Times Square