- Until 1582, the new year began on March 25th.
- “Auld Lang Syne”, the title of the New Year’s Eve song, means “old long since”. This is not correct modern English, but an expression from an old dialect once spoken in Scotland. So don’t worry if you can’t understand all the words. They’re about remembering old times and old friends.
- New year’s resolutions are promises to do things differently in the new year. For example, many people resolve to lose weight, take trips, or give up bad habits like smoking.
- In some places, people set off firecrackers at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Guy Lombardo led the band that played on radio and TV every New Year's Eve for many years.