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New Year Quiz




What is the New Year Quiz?

Our New Year Quiz tests your knowledge about New Year's Day and New Year's Eve traditions and celebrations. A great way to start January 1st.

New Year Quiz I

  1. What word do the Scottish people give for the last day of the year and its celebration?
  2. What day of the week was New Year's Day, 2019?
  3. In which European country is it a tradition to jump from a chair right before midnight and also smash plates against friends' doors?
  4. On New Year's Day 1993, which former country effectively split into two?




  5. Is the Chinese New Year commonly referred to as the Winter, Spring, Summer, or Autumn Festival?
  6. Who was found hanged in Winson Green prison near Birmingham on New Year's Day, 1995?
  7. What name was given to the predicted computer meltdown at the beginning of the year 2000?
  8. Can you name the President of Cuba who fled the country on January 1st, 1959, with the advance of a rebel army led by Fidel Castro?
  9. Nicknamed 'the Granddaddy of Them All', which annual American college football bowl game is usually played on January the 1st?
  10. On January 1st 1881, Ferdinand de Lesseps began French construction on which great civil engineering project?
  11. 'The ball drop' is a famous part of the New Year's Eve celebration in which touristy part of New York City?
  12. Which English author, born on New Year's Day 1879, wrote A Passage to India?
  13. Who wrote the song ‘Auld Lang Syne’?
  14. In 2021, Chinese New Year will be the year of which animal?

Answers:

  1. Hogmanay
  2. Tuesday
  3. Denmark
  4. Czechoslovakia
  5. Spring Festival
  6. Fred West
  7. Millennium Bug
  8. (Fulgencio) Batista
  9. The Rose Bowl
  10. The Panama Canal
  11. Times Square
  12. E.M. Forster
  13. Robert Burns
  14. Year of the Ox




New Year Trivia II

  1. Is American Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean the first or last place to see in the new year?
  2. Literally meaning the 'beginning of the year', what name is given to the Jewish New Year?
  3. Which sovereign state became independent of the United Kingdom on New Year's Day 1984?
  4. In Scotland, 'first-footing' is a tradition which involves visiting homes with a gift of whisky and which other item?
  5. Who won a Golden Raspberry Award for worst actress in her 2012 film New Year's Eve?
  6. The village of Allendale, famous for its New Year fire festival, is in which English county?
  7. New Year's Eve is also known by which Saint's Day in many countries: (a)Saint Sylvester, (b)Saint Theobald, or (c)Saint Felix?
  8. On January 1st, 1899, Spanish rule ended in which country?
  9. 'New Year' is a song by which British girl pop group - it was released as the second single from their debut studio album 'One Touch'?
  10. In which English county is it an old tradition to say 'black rabbits, black rabbits, black rabbits' just as the clock is about to strike midnight on New Year’s Eve?
  11. The month of January is named after which Roman god of doorways?
  12. Songkran, often celebrated by water fights, is the New Year's festival in which Asian country?

Answers:

  1. Last
  2. Rosh Hashanah
  3. Brunei
  4. A lump of coal
  5. Sarah Jessica Parker



  6. Northumberland
  7. Sylvester
  8. Cuba
  9. Sugababes
  10. Yorkshire
  11. Janus
  12. Thailand