New Year’s – A Worldwide Celebration

In the United States, the coming of a new year is met with lavish parties and declaring resolutions that may or may not last. The most common of New Year’s festivities for North America is Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve extravaganza when the entire population of New York City is packed like sardines into Times Square and the entire country zeros in on television to watch a shiny ball drop at midnight. The event of New Year’s is the most internationally celebrated holiday of the year. People of all different races, religions, cultures, and continents recognize it and embrace it in their own way.

Scotland: This is the country where the song “Auld Lang Syne” originated. Just as Americans sing it around New Year’s, so do the Scots and every other English-speaking nation on this planet. The Scottish practice this New Year’s tradition known as “first-footing”. Good luck is supposedly brought to the house where a male visits after midnight. He might bring with him a gift of money, bread, or coal for the fire. This tradition is also practiced in Great Britain.

Greece: January 1st is a celebration for St. Basil in Greek culture. St. Basil’s day is celebrated much like Christmas; people will meet for meals and exchange gifts.

Russia: Also much like Christmas tradition, Russian children look forward to a figure known as Grandfather Frost who brings them toys on New Year’s.

Spain: All work stops at midnight on New Year’s, and the people consume twelve grapes, and sometimes wine, for good luck in the coming year.

Japan: The spirit of renewal is embraced. Bonenkai parties are held with the purpose of putting out of mind the cares and concerns of the past year and open up to a new beginning. It’s also tradition to clean house. New Year’s cards are sent, and if postmarked by a certain date, delivery on January 1st is guaranteed. Gongs from the Buddhist temples ring 108 times in an effort to expel the 108 different types of human weaknesses.

Korea: The Korean nations celebrate New Year’s according to both the solar and lunar calendars. The one that falls on January 1st is the lunar celebration called So-nal, and it is their second biggest holiday. Their festive traditions are more ritualistic, involving family reunions, eating special dishes, wearing new clothes, and bowing to their elders in respect.

Whether ritualized or spontaneous, the whole world celebrates another year of life on January 1st. Respected figures are honored and friends and family come together. Good fortune and gifts are bestowed upon one another. However the New Year is embraced, nothing on earth could be more common than accepting life’s clean slate on this day that begins a new chapter in our history.

ToastPop wishes you a happy New Year!!!!

MiiBottle

A major problem in most modern-day households is the identification of whose drink is whose. I can speak from past experience that this is something that has went on throughout time and didn’t seem to ever have an end in sight. The United States in particular is the largest purchaser of bottled water in the entire world, that should say something for itself. Around 70 million bottles of water are purchased daily in the U.S. and nearly 60 million of them end up in the trash. A contributing factor are those bottles thrown away because you simply don’t want to drink out of someone else’s bottle.

One rising company is changing the way we identify our bottles and making it easy and fun to keep track of which drink is yours! MiiBottle is a simple and easy to use system of identifying your bottle. You simply take one of their variously colored snap-on bottle identifiers and clip it onto the bottle with no hassle or instructions other than that needed. They also boast a neat dolphin design making it that much more entertaining just to regard a bottle as yours. But you may be wondering, what makes MiiBottle such a great company?

Well, for starters their products are made of 100% recycled material! It’s great to know that you have a product that you will actually use, but it makes it that much better to know that the product that you are using is made of recycled material! Another cool thing about this company is, they have solved an issue that is simple yet bothersome, and they have done so in a very innovative way!

We have had the opportunity to try these ourselves and they are as simple and easy to use as they look. You will notice that they have a firm snap around your bottles lid, so there are no worries about them falling off of your bottle. The colors are also very vibrant and look great, especially when there are multiple bottles using them! The packaging is simple and conveys the same overall idea of simplicity and problem solving and lets you know the true purpose of this life changing product, to simply make your everyday life easier, save you money on bottles you may’ve thrown away and provide a fun solution to an age old question, “Is that my bottle?” Now you will know, “Yes, it’s MiiBottle!”

To learn more check out their oficial website at MiiBottle.com or like the MiiBottle Facebook page to keep up to date on news and info regarding this creative new product! If you are interested in helping them Kickstart this product and get it sold in more places while getting yourself a pack or two of these cool little things, check out the MiiBottle Kickstarter page to make a donation!

AFAR Magazine

If you enjoy traveling the world, or even just dreaming about it, then AFAR is the magazine for you! This wonderful magazine was created for those who have always wanted to travel, and it provides great color photos of cultures from around the world. This is a great read and could possibly keep one entertained for an hour or so. The articles in the magazine are written by people who have actually been to the countries they are writing about and they are written about what the writer experienced first-hand.

It’s always great to explore unknown lands and learn new and exciting things about different countries and cultures, but sometimes you either can’t afford to do that or you aren’t able to, this is where AFAR Magazine comes into play, it allows you to venture to different areas of our exciting and magnificent world, get an engrossing first hand look at things you might have even missed had you taken the trip yourself, and do it all on your own time with their magazine! If you love travel, or simply dream of going somewhere different, then this magazine is no doubt for you.

The different aspects that play a major role in AFAR and their trending magazine are the images, sections, stories, and information that make you want to visit these places yourself. Don’t get me wrong, this is not an advertising brochure, it is an inside look into things you could only have dreamed of seeing before. You literally feel like you are a part of something much bigger when you read the adventurous pages of AFAR Magazine. To learn more or to subscribe to the magazine visit AFAR.

GetGlue

Do you watch a lot of television? How about movies? Hmm, well do you read books, listen to music, or talk about cool topics? You obviously do something! One website is in the business of rewarding you for everything you do, literally! It’s quite simple to understand their concept. You sign up for an account on the website named GetGlue, check-in when you do something such as watch a television show, and then you get rewarded with awesome stickers that not only show up on your account but you can have sent to you in the mail for FREE once you reach 20 stickers, and trust us, it doesn’t take long.

For every 20 stickers you earn you can request them to be sent to you and they will arrive in about 4-6 weeks, sometimes earlier. They have GetGlue apps for pretty much every device you can imagine, so it’s easy to check-in throughout your day! Oh, and if you are at a loss on how to get stickers, just click their Sticker tab and it shows you all of the current ways to get stickers. It’s never been easier to have fun doing the things you love to do and already do while getting rewarded in an awesome way! Don’t worry about these being bad quality either, we have already done this a few times and the stickers look great, just as clear as the ones you earn on the website! Simply go to GetGlue.com and let the sticker collecting begin!