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101 New Year Trivia Questions for Any Time of the Year

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June 23, 2022

New Year’s Eve is among the most important holidays in the world. Besides being an opportunity to try fun foods, imbibe beverages with friends, and party hard, it’s also a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to new beginnings.

But behind this annual tradition is a lengthy history of New Year lore. If you’re ready to test your knowledge of the last/first day of the year, take a peek at our New Year trivia questions and answers.

Whether you can recite “Auld Lang Syne” by heart and watch the ball drop every year or are an absolute New Year newbie, this is a New Year trivia question to surprise and enlighten you. Maybe by next year, you’ll be able to teach people a thing or two doing the yearly reverie!

Once you’re done with this quiz, you can continue to broaden your horizons. Check out these quizzes on Christmas, Easter, and Halloween.

1. The New Year's festivities that originated in Babylon found their way to Rome. In honor of Saturn what did they name it?

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2. On New Year's Day in Japan Children receive 'Otoshidamas', which are small gifts with what inside?

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3. The Millennium Tower is in which US state?

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4. In 1977 who reached No.33 in the charts with 'It's Just Another New Year's Eve'?

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5. On New Years Day 1578, Pope Gregory Xlll signed a law forcing Jews to pay for a 'House of Conversion'. What did this do?

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6. In Greece on New Year's Day children go door-to-door to ask for permission to do what?

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1. In Denmark what do people throw at the doorsteps of family friends on New Years?

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2. In what year did the TV show Millennium first air?

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3. In Pakistan for New Year's eve it is estimated that the elite class celebrate with the annual tradition of what?

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4. Making resolutions for the New Year is thought to have first started by the Babylonians, who made promises to what?

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5. In Denmark on New Year's eve it is tradition to have Kransekage, a special ____?

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6. Throughout the medieval and post-medieval periods, January 1 was supposedly the day on which Jesus did what?

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1. Until which year did the British Empire and their American Colonies celebrate the New Year in March?

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2. In Estonia, on New Year's Eve, after eating dinner they should leave some food on their plates for who?

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3. In Jewish tradition, what is used to symbolize a sweet New Year?

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4. In Russia, New Year's eve was celebrated heartily because ___ was banned by the Communist Party?

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5. In which ancient city was New Year's first celebrated?

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6. In 'How I Met Your Mother' the New Year's episode 'The Limo', how many parties did the group go to?

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1. What event dictated the timing of New Year's celebrations in ancient Egypt?

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2. Feliz Ano Neuvo' means Happy New Year in which language?

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3. The Briar Woods High School marching band from Ashburn, Virginia preformed in the London New Year's Day Parade in which year?

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4. In 2011 the film 'New Year's Eve' was released, which actor played Paul?

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5. In which city is the New Year's Rose Bowl game played?

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6. In Colombia, what is the name of doll that is set on fire at New Year's?

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1. Eating which of these foods are thought to bring prosperity?

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2. The annual Tournament of Roses Parade floats are traditionally decorated with what?

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3. What does 'Auld Lang Syne' literally translates as?

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4. In Scotland the traditional New Year ceremony of yesteryear would involve people dressing up in____ and being hit by sticks?

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5. The Koreans celebrate their New Year over the first how many days in January?

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6. On which channel did the TV show Millennium originally air?

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1. In which country is New Year the most important holiday of the year?

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2. What did the ancient Persians give as gifts at New Year's?

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3. Part of the Hogmanay partying is to welcome friends and strangers, with warm hospitality and to wish everyone a ____ New Year?

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4. In the Hillbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg, what do residents throw from their windows to cleanse their home for the New Year?

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5. In which district of Los Angeles was there a 5 hour fire on New Year's Eve 2011?

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6. In which European capital was the Millennium Dome built?

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1. 2013 became the year of what animal after the Chinese New Year?

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2. In the 'Friends' New Year episode 'New Year's Resolution', Ross bets Chandler's $50 to what?

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3. Guatemalans eat a ___ with each of the twelve chimes of the bell during the New Year countdown, while making a wish with each one?

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4. What film sees Woody Harrelson plan to rob the special car that holds the money collected by the subway on New Year's Eve?

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5. The song 'Auld Lang Syne' was originally written by which poet?

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6. Chileans families celebrate the New Year by visiting what?

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1. What is the Chinese New Year often referred to as?

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2. On New Year's Eve 1974, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nick joined which band?

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3. January has been named after God Janus (Latin word for door), in the Roman calendar. Janus is the God with two what?

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4. What is buried in the Greek New Year's sweet bread and thought to bring good luck?

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5. In ancient China for Chinese New Year, what was filled with gunpowder and burnt to create small explosions?

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6. In Japan, New Year's Eve is used to prepare for and welcome who?

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1. On New Year what is laden with flowers, candles, jewelry and is pushed out to sea from Brazil's Ipenama beach in Rio de Janeiro?

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2. In Russia, People try to start the new year without what?

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3. What do they eat 12 of on New Year's in Spain>

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4. According to the Zodiac calendar 2014 is the year of which animal?

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5. In which city is the New Year's countdown done with an elevator?

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6. What film takes place on the eve of the Millennium where Ralph Fiennes plays an ex-cop investigating a murder?

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1. In 1960 who covered Frank Loesser's 'What Are You Doing New Year's Eve'?

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2. On New Year's day in Belarus what is used to determine who will be next to marry?

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3. What is the more popular name for the Vietnamese New Year?

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4. Chinese New Year's Day itself was traditionally called 'Yuandan', what does this translate as?

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5. What is the French term for 'Happy New Year'?

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6. What do the children of Greece get filled with gifts at New Year's?

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1. In Irish culture what do single women place under their pillow on New Year's eve, hoping to catch their future husband?

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2. On New Year's Eve Bosnian children receive ___ from adults who are dressed as Djed Mraz?

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3. In what year was the first Rose Parade?

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4. On New Year's Eve 1935, Charles Darrow patented which board game?

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5. In past centuries, some Hungarians believed that animals were able to ____ on New Year's Eve?

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6. The main route of the Rose Parade follows which road?

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1. The Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon after what?

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2. Norwegians make rice pudding at New Year's, what do they hide within it which guarantees wealth to the person who finds it?

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3. In which country was a large selection of dinosaur fossils found on New Year's Eve 2008?

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4. In the 'Seinfeld' Millennium episode, Newman refuses to invite who to his Y2K party?

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5. In which state is Millennium Art Academy?

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6. In what year did both a blue moon and lunar eclipse appear on New Year's Eve?

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1. In the 'Frasier' New Year episode Frasier and Niles drive to Sun Valley in a Winnebago, how does Niles break the law?

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2. What is the most similar dance to the traditional Chinese New Year Lion Dance?

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3. In Pakistan, on New Year's eve the youth of Islamabad enjoy the evening by visiting restaurants in posh areas and what?

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4. Local clubs can compete in which of these categories in the mommers Parade?

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5. To secure twelve happy months in the coming year, the Spanish eat twelve what at midnight on New Year's Eve?

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6. In which country is the New Year's festival called Songkran celebrated?

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1. In the Netherlands, towns do not organize a central fireworks display, except for ___?

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2. Just as Santa Claus is the mascot of Christmas, who is the mascot of New Year's Eve?

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3. Millennium Force is a roller coaster in which state?

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4. In which culture do they toss coins around a pan as they march around the house on New Year's day?

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5. In 2011 the film 'New Year's Eve' was released, which actor played Ingrid?

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6. The New Year's Eve Saint Silvester Road Race is competed in which sport?

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1. In Brazil on the first day of the New Year they serve lentil soup or lentils and rice because lentil is believed to signify what?

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2. In which city is the New Year's Capital One Bowl game played?

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3. In what year was 'New Year's Resolutions' by Laura Briggs published?

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4. Members of which band featured on one of the Millennium stamps of Great Britain?

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5. After Chinese New Year what kind of dance is popular for the opening of businesses in Hong Kong and Macau?

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6. On Chinese New Year, red packets with money inside are given to unmarried juniors, the amount of money inside must be what?

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1. The New Year's Four Hills Tournament takes place in which continent?

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2. In Finland during the afternoon of New Year's eve, a German comedy sketch is shown every year. What is it called?

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3. In the 'Mad Men' New Year episode, why did Don took the boys for night out on the town?

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4. New Year's Eve is also the day of which saint?

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5. On which day of the week is the Rose Parade never held on?

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6. By the second week of January, roughly what percentage of American adults will have abandoned their resolutions?

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1. Millennium Biltmore Hotel is in which city?

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2. In which city is the Orange Bowl game played in at New Year's?

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3. President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of World War II on New Year's Eve of which year?

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4. What is the distance of the route of the Rose Parade?

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5. Fireworks and ___ are the most important elements of New Year's Eve for Indonesians?

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