Fun Facts About New Year’s Eve and The Money We Spend

by Hank Coleman

Countries all around the world have their own unique New Year’s traditions. Many places feature customary cuisine, such as lentils (Brazil and Italy), suckling pig (Austria) and grapes (Spain). There are many interesting New Years Eve facts and statistics.

Others get a bit more creative. The Danish, for example, smash broken china on friends’ front doors, supposedly in a sign of affection. But you obviously don’t need to go global to learn a lot about New Year’s.

We have plenty of customs right here at home, from watching a giant crystal-covered ball drop in Time’s Square and drinking sparkling spirits at midnight to eating black-eyed peas and making resolutions on Jan. 1. And, even these famous traditions have a history that most people don’t fully understand. For instance, you might not know that the Time’s Square ball weighs nearly six tons, or that more than 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed in the U.S. each New Year’s Eve. The fact that New Year’s Eve is the busiest night of the year for celebratory gunfire may or may not come as a surprise, too.

For instance, you might not know that the Time’s Square ball weighs nearly six tons, or that more than 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed in the U.S. each New Year’s Eve. The fact that New Year’s Eve is the busiest night of the year for celebratory gunfire may or may not come as a surprise though.

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With that in mind, WalletHub’s editors went hunting for the most interesting factoids about America’s fourth-favorite holiday, New Year’s Eve/Day, to help people better understand and enjoy the occasion. Below, you can check out our findings on everything from our eating, drinking and spending habits to travel plans, midnight prayers, DUIs and hangovers.


New Years Eve Facts and Statistics

Source: WalletHub

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About Hank Coleman

Hank Coleman is the founder of Money Q&A, an Iraq combat veteran, a Dr. Pepper addict, and a self-proclaimed investing junkie. He has written extensively for many nationally known financial websites and publications. Hank holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning. Email him directly at Hank[at]MoneyQandA.com.


Hank Coleman has written 577 articles on Money Q&A. Learn more about Money Q&A on Twitter @MoneyQandA and @HankColeman.


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