It's that time of year again where all different countries, cultures, religions and political beliefs celebrate the New Year. Bring it on 2011...!!!
While people party around the world, one of the most famous celebrations in the United States is the famous 'Ball Drop' in Times Square New York City. Thousands of people gather shoulder to shoulder as they shout out the count down from ten to zero, while millions of others watch on their TV's ready to kiss the person they're with.... we just have to take a step back and remember that this custom has been going on since 1907 and the design of the descending ball has evolved through history as well.
People celebrated New Year’s Eve in Times Square as early as 1904, but it took until 1907 for the tradition of the New Year’s Eve Ball to begin. In 1907, the first New Year’s Eve Ball which measured five feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds descended from the flagpole on top of One Times Square. Jacob Starr, a young immigrant metalworker, built the ball from iron and wood and lit it with one hundred 25 –watt bulbs. For most of the Twentieth Century, the company that Jacob founded, Artkraft Strauss, lowered the ball every year.
The New Year’s Ball has descended every year since 1907 except for 1942 and 1943, when officials cancelled the ceremony because of the wartime dimming of New York City lights. Despite the absence of a ball, crowds still congregated in Times Square and welcomed the New Year with a minute of silence. After that chimes rang from sound trucks parked at the base of the tower, a continuation of earlier Trinity Church celebrations where crowds gathered to "ring out the old, ring in the new."
|Behold: the new ball to bring in 2011|