NEW YEAR’S DAY
Nearly the entire world recognizes New Year’s Day on January 1st. It’s also one of the most celebrated holidays of the year.
Celebrations will begin in the Pacific Ocean with Samoa celebrating the New Year before the rest of the world. The latest stroke of midnight will occur in the middle of the Pacific Ocean near Baker Island, which is halfway between Hawaii and Australia.
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Traditions around the world:
- Kiss at midnight the one person you hope to keep kissing the rest of the year.
- Making noise, either in the form of fireworks, ringing bells, horns, blasting, or pistol shots are traditional around the world.
- In Holland, they toast to the new year with spiced wine, wassail in England, or champagne in the United States.
- Resolutions are not a modern tradition. The Babylonians made commitments to return borrowed objects and to pay old debts.
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NEW YEAR’S DAY HISTORY
The new year has been celebrated for millennia. The earliest record of new year’s celebrations occurred during Babylonian times. However, January 1st wasn’t always the designated day. For example, the first new moon after the vernal equinox ushered in the new year at one time. These festivities occurred in Martius (March), the first month in the early Roman calendar, which only had ten months.
King Pompilius later added the months Januarius (named for Janus, the pagan god of gates, doors and beginnings) and Februarius bringing the calendar to 12 months. It was Julius Caesar who created the Julian calendar, which most closely resembles the Gregorian calendar a majority of the world follows today.
Celebrating the first day of the year in the appropriately named month of January, Romans made sacrifices to Janus, giving gifts and general revelry. With his two faces, the god Janus was able to look toward the past and forward to the future.
NATIONAL HANGOVER DAY
On January 1st, National Hangover Day nurses the aching heads of all of us who over celebrates New Year’s Eve each year.
Symptoms of a Hangover
- Feeling tired: Alcohol is a toxin. Our bodies metabolize toxins (alcohol) at a certain pace. When the speed of consumption exceeds the pace the liver can process it, we become intoxicated. The risk of a hangover becomes substantially higher, too. As the liver breaks down alcohol, it produces the toxic chemical acetaldehyde. One of the substances the body produces to counter these toxins is glutathione. The body can only make so much at a time, and a night of drinking quickly depletes it. Since glutathione is a stimulant, when it’s exhausted, we feel tired.
- Upset stomach: Alcohol promotes the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Excessive amounts of hydrochloric acid lead to a queasy stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting.
- Headache or muscle aches: Alcohol is a diuretic. Dehydration leads to aches and pains, as well as the upset stomach listed above.
How to Prevent that Hangover
- Eat – A fat and protein-loaded meal before or during the first round of drinks slows the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. No, the food doesn’t act a sponge, soaking up the alcohol, but it does slow down the digestive process. Fats and especially proteins, take longer to digest, and the alcohol will be released more slowly into the bloodstream.
- Drink water – Keep hydrated between beers or shots by drinking a glass of water in between. Hydration dilutes the alcohol, giving the liver time to keep up and replace the fluids lost.
- Avoid diet cocktails – According to WebMD, studies show cocktails mixed with fruits, fruit juices, or other sugar-containing beverages lessen the intensity of a hangover.
- Pace yourself – The saying, “Beer then liquor, never been sicker. Liquor then beer, have no fear,” has more to do with the amount of alcohol consumed than the type. Beer tends to be consumed more quickly than hard liquor, and as the night goes on, each successive drink tends to go down easier. Starting with liquor and then switching to beer halfway through, one might drink more beer, but less total alcohol than if the process is reversed.
The only sure-fire cure for a hangover is time and lots of fluids. Some common remedies may help ease the symptoms, and others only delay recovery.
- The most common ‘cure’ is called “the hair of the dog that bit you.” This remedy suggests having some of what caused the hangover will help cure it. However, the approach will only delay recovery as it will further tax the liver, increase the secretion of hydrochloric acid, and will not replace any of the fluids already lost to last night’s revelry.
- Drink coffee – In the movies, a strong cup of coffee is often shoved into the hands of the hangover victim in hopes of bringing some life back into them. Coffee is a diuretic, and while it may stimulate the body temporarily, the effect doesn’t last and will only delay recovery.
- Pain relievers may be the logical choice for that pounding headache, which is a common symptom of a hangover. However, they also tax the already overworked liver. If a pain reliever is necessary, aspirin will have the least effect on the liver but can irritate the stomach. Either way, pain relievers may delay recovery more than ease the symptoms.
- Over-the-counter miracle cures may seem too good to be true, and they probably are. Most of them require each pill to be taken with large quantities of water. See *above about re-hydration. These products may help ease the symptoms, but at an unnecessary expense.
- Eat a banana. Bananas are high in potassium. While consuming alcohol, we lose a lot of this nutrient. Potassium loss contributes to muscle aches and cramps. Eating a banana will help ease these symptoms.
- Drinking plenty of water* during the party and replacing fluids after can help ease the symptoms of a hangover. Rehydrate with water, or also try fruit juices and sports drinks. These will replace electrolytes that have been lost and also help recover from low blood sugar. Studies have shown that alcohol consumption has a direct correlation to an increase in insulin.
- Eating a meal with complex carbohydrates, protein, and a little fat can help ease the symptoms of a hangover. Whole wheat toast can absorb some of the acids the stomach is producing. A fried egg can give the stomach something else to do instead of producing acid and also replaces some nutrients the body lost during the party binge.
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NATIONAL HANGOVER DAY HISTORY
At a get together at the Oven and Tap, a restaurant in Bentonville, Arkansas, in October 2015, people were talking about National Days. The conversation then turned to what day on the calendar had little or no National Days attached to it. When it was announced that January 1 was only known as New Year’s Day, Keegan Calligar and Marlo Anderson both stated simultaneously that it should be National Hangover Day.
Keegan Calligar and Marlo Anderson submitted National Hangover Day in October 2015. The day was approved by the registrar of National Day Calendar® in November of 2015.
NATIONAL BLOODY MARY DAY
For all those who celebrated more than they should have, National Bloody Mary Day serves up one of the world’s most popular hangover cures on January 1st.
It would seem the Bloody Mary is the product of several hard day’s nights, lackluster cocktails, and seemingly tasteless liquor.
When the Russian Revolution pressed fleeing men into Paris and to Harry’s Bar at The Ritz Hotel, bartender Ferdinand “Pete” Petiot mixed up a cocktail that eventually made its way to post-prohibition America.
According to Food and Drink in American History: “Full Course” Encyclopedia by Andrew F. Smith, the Bloody Mary made its debut in Paris at The Ritz Hotel in 1921. Originally named the Bucket of Blood, it also went by the name Red Snapper. Petiot later left Paris and introduced the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire, cayenne, and salty cocktail to the New York King Cole Bar scene when prohibition ended.
Some attribute the name to notorious Queen Mary Tudor, who executed hundreds of Protestants in the name of Catholicism during her short five-year reign from 1553 to 1558. Others claim Petiot’s girlfriend of the same name receives the credit.
Today’s Bloody Marys include a variety of ingredients from pickles, olives, and celery to bacon, horseradish, tobacco, and peppers.
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Enjoy a Bloody Mary. Select your favorite combinations and get ready for the new year. Have you tried pickled beans or asparagus? Like its cousin, the Bloody Caesar, the drink has become a smorgasbord of beverage bar. After a while, we begin to wonder whether we order it more for the liquid contents or the edible ingredients. However, if each additional component starts the New Year off right, the day is worth celebrating. Right?
Of course, the best way to celebrate the day is with friends. And remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. Use #NationalBloodyMaryDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL BLOODY MARY DAY HISTORY
As we ponder the origins of this holiday, National Day Calendar staff will nibble on the contents of the beverage. There’s a little something for everyone – a pickle, celery, olives. Oooh, bacon!
January 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones publishes the novel Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus anonymously. Written by Mary Shelley, the author’s identity isn’t revealed until three years later when the second edition is published in Paris.
The first immigrants pass through the doors of the Ellis Island Immigration Station. Ellis Island replaced Castle Garden as the new landing depot for immigrants entering the United States via New York.
Entrepreneur C.W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan introduces Postum Food Coffee. The coffee substitute is made from wheat, bran, and molasses. Three years later he introduces Post Grape Nuts cereal.
The Hewlett Packard Company is founded in a garage in Palo Alto, CA by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.
David Dinkins takes the oath of office becoming New York City’s first Black mayor.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) mandated hospitals to include no-smoking policies indoors or risk losing accreditation. Loss of accreditations places hospitals at risk of losing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total Prep: 45 minutes
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 ounces cheese
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
4 eggs beaten
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Grease a 9-inch tart or quiche pan.
Line the bottom of the pan with cheese and bacon.
Combine and whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour into the pan.
Bake for 35 minutes until set.
January 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Paul Revere – 1735
The American patriot is best known for his midnight ride to alert other patriots of British troops. However, a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow leaves out a few names, including William Dawes, Samuel Prescott, Israel Bissell and possibly one other. The last one, Sybil Ludington, leaves some doubt in the mind of historians as no record of her ride exists until much later.
Benjamin Leroy Holt – 1849
The younger brother of the founder of Holt Brothers Company, Benjamin Holt invented the first tractor to use tracks instead of wheels.
William Fox – 1879
In 1915, Fox founded the Fox Film Corporation. He would later establish the Fox West Coast Theatres chain.
Noor Inayat Khan -1914
After joining the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during World War II, Khan was recruited as a Special Operations Executive (SOE) to be a radio operator for the resistance network in occupied Paris. Her mission was to send coded messages back to London. In 1943, Germans captured her, and she was later executed.
J.D. Salinger – 1919
The American author is best known for the coming of age story The Cather in the Rye.
James Sinegal – 1936
In 1983, the American businessman founded the warehouse retail chain Costco Wholesale Corporation.
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