An ideal New Year’s trivia quiz consists of the events, history, and traditions surrounding the magical and mystical aura of the New Year’s Day and eve. The day of New Year’s is usually celebrated with bottles of champagne and near-blinding and absolutely breathtaking stellar show of firework-artistry.
But even then, there are different ways people around the globe mark the start of a new year. So if you are a New Year’s Eve lunatic who knows which event happened in which year, area or do you just know a lot about New Year’s Eve in general, this quiz is perfect for you!
Test your New Year trivia knowledge with this collection of printable New Year Trivia Questions and answers perfect for your friends and family to enjoy on the memorable New Year’s Eve Quiz night.
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History of New Year
Julius Caesar, after becoming the Roman dictator, decided that the traditional Roman calendar needed a reform. Caesar, in designing his new calendar, enlisted the aid of an Alexandrian astronomer who advised him to do away with the lunar cycle entirely and follow the solar year.
The year was calculated to be 365 and 1/4 days to begin on January 1, rather than in March. He also decreed that every four years a day be added to February for the reason to theoretically keeping his calendar from falling out of step. During the Middle Ages, the celebration of New Year’s Day in January fell out of practice due to an inappropriate evaluation of new year’s calculations so, in the 1570s, the Gregorian calendar was implemented correcting the calculations. Since then, people around the world have gathered on January 1 to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.
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New Year Trivia Fun Facts
- The 8th most common New Year’s resolution is to improve a relationship.
- Only around 40% of us will make a New Year’s resolution.
- January is named after a god without with two faces.
- About 22% of Americans cop to passing out before the clock strikes.
- The New Year’s kiss has been around since the Middle Ages.
- The ball drop is over 100 years old.
- Southerners eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck.
- Celebrating the New Year dates back 4,000 years.
- There is a music festival every New Year’s eve in the Antarctic called ‘Icestock’.
- Mexicans celebrate New Year’s Eve, by eating a grape.
New Year Trivia Questions & Answers
Q. What is the most traditional breakfast meal considered in few US parts?
Q. If you are superstitious, to make a New Year resolution stick one must do what while making it?
Q. Name the celebrity who was born January 1, 1895?
Q. Which film was released on New Year drawing the highest box office sales?
Q. What is a custom for the head of the household to spank who on New Year day?
Q. Why people follow the tradition of eating black eyed peas on New Year Day?
Q. On New Year, who failed to pass an audition for Decca Records?
Q. On New Year, 1985, which famous celebrity died in plane crash?
Q. On January 1, 1971 what kind of commercials were banned from American television?
Q. On January 1, 1945, Name the person who announced he is not god?
Q. On January 1, 1877, who was proclaimed Empress of India?
Q. Who wrote the lyrics of the now-traditional New Year song, “Auld Lang Syne”?
Q. On January 1, 1788 who emancipated the slaves?
Q. What event returned January 1st as observation of the New Year in Europe?
Q. What famous Frank was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, January 1, 1938?
Q. In what year, the first ball to be dropped in New York’s Times Square?
Q. Under which calendar is New Year’s Day Jan. 1?
Q. In ancient Egypt, what event dictated the timing of New Year Celebrations?
Q. What New Year’s gift did ancient Persians gave?
Q. When do the practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism celebrate New Year’s?
Q. From which Roman God the name January is derived?
Q. Janus, from January-the month, is the god of?
Q. In the Middle Ages, when most European countries observe New Year according to the Julian calendar?
Q. Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday that begins Dec. 26 and extends till Jan. 1. What does the word mean in Swahili?
Q. In which religion, Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the New Year?
Q. What calendar determines the date of the Chinese New Year?
Q. What does ”auld lang syne” mean?
Q. At midnight on December 31, in which country Buddhist temples ring their bells?
Q. Where the New Year fireworks display is among world’s most expensive?
Q. In which country the largest New Year’s celebration is held?
Q. In which country Molybdomancy is a ritual practiced?
Q. Which city in Europe hosts one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations?
Q. How many people attend The New Year’s celebration in Berlin?
Q. Where does the New Year’s Eve ball drop every New Year?
Q. What is the most common ritual on New Year Eve?
Q. When was the first New Year Eve celebrated?
Q. In which year was the New Year Eve’s ball NOT lowered?
Q. What is the name of the traditional New Year Eve song?
Q. New Year Eve ends at what time?
Q. Which place was the last to celebrate the new millennium on Jan. 1, 2000?
Q. During the Chinese New Year, what activity should you avoid to ward off bad luck?
Q. In which country grapes are eaten by New Year’s revelers at the stroke of midnight?
Q. Which of the following is not eaten to symbolize a financially prosperous new year?
Q. What should you avoid eating on New Year’s if you are superstitious?
Q. Which object is burnt Hungary rings in New Year’s?
Q. Which country refers to New Year’s Eve as Hogmanay?