As we ring in the arrival of 2020, here are four fun facts about New Year’s celebrations.

1. The month of January is named after the ancient Roman god Janus, who had two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward. Janus was the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, and time.

2. The traditional Scottish song Auld Lang Syne, was written by the famous poet Robert Burns and means “times gone by.”

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Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?

CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup, and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

3. Times Square first dropped the New Year’s Eve Ball in 1907. It weighed 700 lbs. and featured one hundred 25-watt bulbs. The 2019 ball is a sphere 12 feet in diameter, weighing 11,875 lbs., and covered with a 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size, according to the Official Website of Times Square. 

4. The ball has been lowered every year since 1907, with the exceptions of 1942 and 1943, when the ceremony was suspended due to the wartime "dim-out" of lights in New York City, according to the Times Square official website.