The Ultimate New Year's Quiz
by Staff
Get out your party hats and sparklers! New Year's Eve is the night when young and old stay up past midnight to ring in the new year. Fireworks blast off around the globe while bottles of champagne pour a bubbly sea of mirth. What are the different ways people celebrate New Year's, and how can you ensure good luck for the next 12 months?

What does "auld lang syne" mean?

  • "times gone by"
  • "for the future"
  • "old gang sign"

During fireworks shows, what determines the pattern of a firework explosion?

  • the amount of gunpowder
  • timing of the explosion
  • the arrangement of star pellets inside the shell

Which place was the last to celebrate the new millennium on Jan. 1, 2000?

  • Antarctica
  • Russia
  • Hawaii

During the Chinese New Year, what activity should you avoid to ward off bad luck?

  • wearing red
  • using scissors
  • cleaning the house

What year did the New Year's celebration in Times Square begin?

  • 1904
  • 1912
  • 1933

What fruit do New Year's revelers in Spain eat at the stroke of midnight?

  • oranges
  • grapes
  • pears

Which of the following is not eaten to symbolize a financially prosperous new year?

  • cabbage
  • lentils
  • pork

If you're superstitious, which of the following would you avoid eating on New Year's?

  • lobster
  • steak
  • fish

Which country rings in New Year's by burning effigies called Jack Straw?

  • Czech Republic
  • Romania
  • Hungary

Which country refers to New Year's Eve as Hogmanay?

  • New Zealand
  • Scotland
  • Ireland