Saturday, March 8 2014 9:15 AM EST2014-03-08 14:15:16 GMT
Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper. File photo
Nick Goepper's hometown of Lawrenceburg, Ind. and Perfect North Slopes are hosting a parade and celebration for the 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medalist on Saturday. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. on WalnutFull Story >
Nick Goepper's hometown of Lawrenceburg, Ind. and Perfect North Slopes are hosting a parade and celebration for the 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medalist on Saturday.Full Story >
Saturday, March 8 2014 7:40 AM EST2014-03-08 12:40:01 GMT
Here's what you can expect this morning on FOX19!Full Story >
Here's what you can expect this morning on FOX19!Full Story >
(RNN) - In a couple of days, a ball will drop, corks will pop, toasts will be made, and resolutions will be declared and, in some cases, broken immediately.
New Year's celebrations date back at least to ancient Babylon - some 4,000 years ago. However, the Babylonians, as well as other ancient cultures, celebrated the new year on the vernal equinox. Thank Julius Caesar for changing the date to Jan. 1 to honor the Roman god Janus, the god of new beginnings.
True to Roman debauchery, they threw some extremely non-family-friendly parties to celebrate.
New beginnings are why many people make resolutions, especially to try to improve one's health, pay down debt, and be a nicer person.
"My family and I practiced random acts of kindness during the holiday season," Amy Mancuso wrote on WAFB's Facebook wall. "My goal for the new year is to continue with at least one a month. It's a little hope to offer in this crazy world we live in."
But before the resolutions are made, many celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another in a similar fashion.
In the United States, many of the New Year's traditions have been around for more than a century, even reaching back into English and European traditions - some of which are to usher in the new year with good luck or to ward off the bad.
The first New Year's Eve celebration in the United States was held in New York City's Times Square in 1904.
The New York Times moved into a new building on Longacre Square and the owner of the paper, Adolph Ochs, lobbied the city to change the name of the area to Times Square. To celebrate the newspaper's new digs, Ochs set off fireworks at midnight on New Year's Eve. After a couple of years, the city nixed the fireworks, so in 1907 Ochs hired a sign maker to make a ball to be lowered, and thus the tradition was born.
According to the Times Square Alliance, the ball was made of wood, iron and 100 25-watt light bulbs. This year, the ball weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is made out of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles and 32,256 LEDs. This year, Dick Clark's widow installed 288 new panels, one of which had her husband's name engraved on it.
The ball has had a bit of an upgrade since the first drop, and has spawned lots of "ball drops" throughout the country.
Another tradition Americans have celebrated has been Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. However, Clark died earlier this year, and aside from missing the broadcast in 2005 because of a stroke, this is the first year since 1972 the new year won't be ushered in with "America's oldest teenager."
ABC brought on Ryan Seacrest to help Clark with hosting duties after the stroke, and Seacrest will ring in 2013 on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013.
If you're celebrating at a party or watching the ball drop on television at home, you will probably attempt to sing the tune Auld Lange Syne at midnight. " Auld Lange Syne" means "times gone by" and is a Robert Burns poem put to music. Singing the song was popularized in 1929 by band leader Guy Lombardo at a New Year's Eve celebration in New York City.
Celebrants are supposed to link arms and sing the song - but very few people know the words and those who are singing the loudest may also be holding up those who've had too much Champagne.
The Champagne toast to the good health and happy new year is similar to the 18th-century English tradition of drinking spiced wine, according to The History Channel. And if you've drunk enough Champagne to give yourself liquid courage to kiss someone, superstition has it that smooching at midnight will either strengthen your relationship with that person or that the kiss will keep you from being lonely that year
On New Year's Day, many people in the U.S., especially in the Southern states, eat Hoppin' John, a dish of rice, black-eyed peas, greens - usually collard greens, but mustard, turnip or any green will do - and sometimes bacon or a pig jowl. The black-eyed peas and greens represent money - the peas as pennies and the greens as dollar bills - and the ham or bacon are for health.
Other traditions that seem to have the theme of a clean slate include making sure all bills are paid so that the household has no debt and will enjoy prosperity through the year, and keeping a clean home, with no dirty laundry, and no garbage in the house.
Whether you toast to health, eat Hoppin' John, or watch some object drop on New Year's, good will and a good time seem to be a theme.
Just be careful not to overindulge. As Facebook user Dustin Masterson put it, "First I thank Jesus, then I thank God. Then I get drunk, and I curse Jesus, and God. I wake up in the new year and beg Jesus and God for forgiveness. Repeat every New Year's Eve."
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Wednesday, January 1 2014 4:57 PM EST2014-01-01 21:57:25 GMT
(RNN) - Tis the season for New Year's Resolutions. For many, the New Year is a time to invest in a new you. Maybe you want to get in shape, become a chef or speak fluent French in 2013. You could alwaysFull Story >
Tis the season for New Year's resolutions. For many, the new year is a time to invest in a new you.Full Story >
Tuesday, December 31 2013 2:15 PM EST2013-12-31 19:15:34 GMT
(RNN) - Auld Lang Syne has been around since at least the 1700s and a New Year's staple since 1929. The lyrics to the Scottish folk song are often attributed to poet Robert Burns, although he claimedFull Story >
The modern tradition began in 1929, when it was used between big band leader Guy Lombardo's radio programs out of Roosevelt Hotel in New York.Full Story >
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.Full Story >
Friday, March 7 2014 8:01 PM EST2014-03-08 01:01:45 GMT
Police say that one person is dead following a shooting in Over the Rhine on Friday afternoon. The shooting happened around 5 p.m. Friday on Hamer Street. Little information is known at this time.Full Story >
Police say that a 22-year-old man was shot and killed in Over the Rhine while fixing his car on Friday evening. Full Story >
Friday, March 7 2014 3:59 PM EST2014-03-07 20:59:17 GMT
A local marine is dead after a shooting in southern California on Sunday evening. Police say that 26-year-old Steven Kohus, of Morrow, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene in Twentynine Palms, Calif. OfficersFull Story >
A local Marine is dead after a shooting in southern California on Sunday evening. Police say that 26-year-old Steven Kohus, of Morrow, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene in Twentynine Palms, Calif.Full Story >
Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.Full Story >
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact over the South China Sea early Saturday morning on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn't located...Full Story >
China's foreign minister sounded a note of defiance to the country's neighbors Saturday over rival territorial claims, and said good relations with Washington depend on mutual respect.Full Story >
China will never make concessions in territorial disputes with its neighbors, while good relations with the U.S. depend on Washington respecting Beijing's sovereignty claims, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday.Full Story >
Thursday, February 3 2011 5:19 PM EST2011-02-03 22:19:13 GMT
New details have been released on a large drug sweep in Pierce Township, Clermont County. On Wednesday, a total of 17 people were indicted by a grand jury on 46 charges related to trafficking in drugs.Full Story >