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30 New Year's Eve Trivia Questions and Answers

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Ring in the New Year With Some Trivia Fun

Happy New Year! Why not have some trivia quiz fun at your holiday party this year? Let's see how much you and your friends know about the actual history of the day you are celebrating. In doing so, you'll learn some interesting facts about January 1st and New Year's Eve throughout the ages. Questions and answers are provided below in sets of 10 at a time. Get your party hats and blowers out!

New Year's Eve Trivia Questions: Set 1

  1. "Auld Lang Syne" is the song most associated with New Year's Eve. Who wrote it?
  2. A famous Frank was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on January 1st, 1938. What's Frank's last name?
  3. What group of American people emancipated the slaves on January 1st, 1788?
  4. In 1908, what classic New Year's tradition began in Times Square in New York City?
  5. If you lived in ancient Persia, what gift would you give out on New Year's?
  6. January gets its name from the ancient Roman god of gates and doors. Name this god.
  7. What do the words "Auld Lang Syne" mean?
  8. What custom do many Americans stick to when the ball drops?
  9. In what year since the beginning of the tradition did the New Year's Eve ball not drop in New York City?
  10. Revelers in Spain usually eat something right after the clock hits midnight on New Year's Eve. What is it?
New Year's Eve in Sydney, Australia

New Year's Eve in Sydney, Australia

New Year's Eve Trivia Answers: Set 1

  1. Robert Burns wrote "Auld Lang Syne" in Scotland in the year 1788.
  2. Frank Langella was born in Bayonne, NJ, in 1938. Bet a lot of you thought it would be "Old Blue Eyes" Frank Sinatra, didn't you?
  3. In 1788, the Pennsylvania Quakers emancipated the slaves.
  4. Dropping the ball in Times Square is the classic tradition that began in 1908.
  5. The Ancient Persians gave out eggs as gifts on New Year's Day.
  6. The Roman god of gates and doors was Janus.
  7. "Auld Lang Syne" means for old times' sake.
  8. Americans usually kiss after the ball drops.
  9. The ball did not drop in Times Square in the year 1942.
  10. In Spain, it's customary to eat grapes when the clock hits 12.
New Year's Eve in Singapore

New Year's Eve in Singapore

New Year's Eve Trivia Questions: Set 2

  1. Where is New Year's Eve known as Hogmanay?
  2. In Hungary, something is burnt as the New Year comes in. What is it?
  3. What country rings in the New Year with bells coming from Buddhist temples?
  4. What country called its New Year celebration Calends?
  5. What singer died on January 1, 1985, in a plane crash?
  6. On January 1, 1945, someone announced he was not a living god. Who was it?
  7. Who was proclaimed to be the Empress of India on January 1, 1877?
  8. What famous group failed to pass a tryout for Decca Records on January 1?
  9. Who celebrated the first New Year's celebration?
  10. In one country, people wear red underwear to bring themselves good luck all year. Name that country.
New Year's Eve in Dubai

New Year's Eve in Dubai

New Year's Eve Trivia Answers: Set 2

  1. Hogmanay is celebrated in Scotland.
  2. Effigies are burnt in Hungary on New Year's.
  3. Japan is where the Buddhist temple's bells ring.
  4. The ancient Romans called New Year's Calend.
  5. Ricky Nelson died on January 1, 1985.
  6. Emperor Hirohito of Japan.
  7. Queen Victoria was proclaimed to be the Empress of India.
  8. The Beatles!
  9. We can thank the ancient Babylonians for New Year's celebrations. They started this practice over 4000 years ago.
  10. Italy is where the people wear red underwear for good luck.
Hogmanay in Scotland

Hogmanay in Scotland

New Year's Eve Trivia Questions: Set 3

  1. What is the name for the Jewish New Year?
  2. One of the largest New Year celebrations is held in what Australian city?
  3. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, it was revealed that more ____ get stolen on New Year's Eve than at any other time of year. Fill in the blank.
  4. Who hosted the New York City New Year's Eve festivities until the early 1970s??
  5. What famous person took over the festivities in the 1970s?
  6. On January 1, 1803, a Caribbean country gained independence from France. What country was it?
  7. How much does the ball weigh?
  8. The highest box office sales for a movie shown on a New Year's Day were for which movie?
  9. What was the first year there were fireworks at the New York New Year's Eve celebration?
  10. What is the most popular New Year's resolution?
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New Year's Eve Trivia Answers: Set 3

  1. The name for the Jewish New Year celebration is Rosh Hashanah.
  2. The largest celebration on January 1 is held in Sydney, Australia.
  3. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more cars get stolen on New Year's Eve than at any other time of year.
  4. Guy Lombardo hosted the first 50 years of New Year's celebrations in NYC.
  5. Dave Clark took over for host Guy Lombardo in 1972.
  6. Haiti gained its independence on January 1, 1803.
  7. The ball weighs 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter.
  8. James Cameron's Avatar was the highest-grossing New Year's Day film.
  9. The first year New York had fireworks on January 1 was 1904.
  10. The most popular resolution on New Year's Day is to lose weight.
New Year's Eve in Times Square, New York City

New Year's Eve in Times Square, New York City

Famous January 1st Birthdays

Here are some famous January 1st birthdays you can use in your trivia quiz:

  1. Elin Nordegren was born in 1980.
  2. The Black Crows were born in 1989.
  3. Dafne Keen was born in 2005.
  4. Colin Morgan was born in 1986.
  5. Sophie McShera was born in 1985.
  6. Morris Chestnut was born in 1969.
  7. Brody Dalle was born in 1979.
  8. Alpha Blondy was born in 1953.
  9. Vidya Balan was born in 1978.
  10. Verne Troyer was born in 1969.
Verne Troyer is one of many celebrities with a January 1st birthday.

Verne Troyer is one of many celebrities with a January 1st birthday.

Songs About New Year's Day and New Year's Eve

  1. "New Year’s Day" by U2
  2. "New Year’s Day" by Taylor Swift
  3. "New Year’s Day" by Bon Jovi
  4. "Maybe Baby (New Year’s Day)" by Sugarland
  5. "My Dear Acquaintance (Happy New Year)" by Regina Spektor
  6. "Can’t Hold Us" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  7. "Let’s Start the New Year Right" by Bing Crosby
  8. "New Year’s Resolution" by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
  9. "Raise Your Glass" by Pink
  10. "Funky New Year" by the Eagles
  11. "The New Year" by Death Cab for Cutie
  12. "New Year’s Day" by Pentatonix
  13. "What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve" by Ella Fitzgerald
  14. "New Year’s Eve" by Tom Waits
  15. "Bringing in a Brand New Year" by Charles Brown

Happy New Year in Many Languages

If you or any of your friends are fluent in other languages, here are some of the many ways to say Happy New Year from around the world. These can also make for some interesting trivia questions!

  • Afrikaans – Gelukkige Nuwe Jaar
  • Albanian – Gezuar Vitin e Ri
  • Arabic – Sana Sa’eedah
  • Bosnian – sretna nova godina
  • Bulgarian – chestita nova godina
  • Catalan – Feliç any nou
  • Chinese Mandarin – Xin Nian Kuai Le
  • Chinese Cantonese – San Nin Fai Lok
  • Czech – šťastný nový rok
  • Danish – Godt nytår
  • Dutch – Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
  • Farsi – sale nou mobarak
  • Finnish – Hyvää uutta vuotta
  • Filipino – Manigong Bagong Taon
  • French – Bonne Année
  • German – Gutes Neues Jahr
  • Gaelic – Bliadhna mhath ur
  • Greek – kali chronya
  • Hebrew – shana tova
  • Hungarian – Buék
  • Irish – Bhliain nua sásta
  • Italian – Felice anno nuovo
  • Japanese – akemashite omedeto gozaimasu
  • Korean – seh heh bok mahn ee bahd euh sae yo
  • Maltese – Is Sena it -Tajba
  • Mandarin Chinese – xīn nián kuài lè
  • Norwegian – Godt nytt år
  • Polish – Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku
  • Portuguese – Feliz Ano Nov
  • Romanian – La Mulți Ani
  • Russian – s novim godom
  • Spanish – Feliz Año Nuevo
  • Swedish – Gott nytt år
  • Turkish – Mutlu yıllar
  • Urdu – nayya saal mubarak
  • Welsh – blwyddyn newydd dda

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