New Year's Tradition Continues in Times Square

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 01/01/2010 - 1:01am.


New Yorkers and tourists alike toast to the New Year in Times Square on the evening of Dec. 31. The Times Square ball drop is the most prominent New Year's celebration in the world. (Edward Dai/The Epoch Times)

New York... The beginning of 2010 was welcomed in the United States by another massive New Year's Celebration in New York City's Times Square as thousands of people from all over the world gathered to watch the ball drop at midnight.

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The ball, which made its decent from One Times Square, was a Phillips LED surfaced electronic ball that had 288 more Waterford Crystal triangles than last year, giving it a total of 2,668 triangles. The massive ball of lights was reported to be 12 feet tall, with 32,256 light bulbs inside, and weighing 11,875 pounds.

Times Square was given its name in 1904 and the first ball to be dropped in honor of the New Year was in 1907. The first ball weighed 700 lbs. and was made of wood and iron.

December 31st is the end of the Gregorian year and is celebrated in many countries around the world. From England to Japan, many countries welcomed the New Year with a multitude of fireworks. Paris lit up the Eiffel Tower for the New Year, celebrating the 120 year anniversary of the tower's construction as well as the new year. And it was Sydney, Australia, that as always was the first major country to welcome the New Year 2010, with a massive fireworks display.

The celebration does not stop there—card makers such as Hallmark have new selections of "Happy New Year" greeting cards that are designed to spread the ongoing holiday cheer. The cards are being marketed as a way for people to kick off their new business year on a positive note and show their optimism for the fresh calendar year to their friends and family.

Ian Ritz - December 31, 2009 - source TheEpochTimes

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 01/01/2010 - 1:01am.