As you know tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. No matter where we are, no matter what we are doing, all of us will stop to watch the ball at Times Square drop for the countdown to the new year.
What is this crystal icon?
Here are a few facts:
It is a sphere – no surprise there, it is “The Ball” after all. It is 12 feet in diameter, and weighs 11,875 pounds. The Ball is adorned by 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size and length from just over four inches to just over five inches.
This year they (we don’t know who they are – there is probably some secret society of mystic monks tasked with the care of the crystals, ok probably not) are replacing 192 of the panels. The new ones, made by Waterford Crystal, have a pattern called the Gift of Harmony. The design is composed of small rosettes that link together in the idea of harmony. Some of the designs of past crystals are:
The Gift of Serenity, which has butterflies flying peacefully above a crystal meadow.
The Gift of Kindness design also uses rosettes symbolizing unity with their leaves positioned as if they are reaching out on an embrace.
The Gift Of Wonder has a starburst which is meant to evoke our spirit of wonder.
The Gift of Fortitude is diamond which is meant to represent fortitude. You see a pattern here?
Almost half of the crystals are The Gift of Imagination pattern has wedges in mirrored positions .
The Ball is lit – no, actually lit by 32,256 light emitting diodes, which we know as LED.
Things you might not know
1. The idea of dropping a ball for such occasions dates back to the 1800s in jolly ole England. As a signal to sailors who could not afford watches a ball was lowered every day at 1 p.m. from Greenwich Observatory which could seen along the River Thames.
2. The New Year’s Eve ball drop has been happening since 1907 in New York City.
The drop was added to pre-existing festivities in the area and has heralded in every year since, with the exception of 1942 and 1943
3. The ball gets made over every year with replacement panels. Now the previous discussion makes more sense doesn’t it?
4. An atomic clock located in Colorado is used to trigger the lowering of ball mechanically. However, for the first 87 years, the ball was lowered by hand.
5. A new tradition (can we really now if it’s a tradition if it’s new?) was created called wish-fetti.” People around the globe submitted their wishes for the New Year. Those wishes are put on pieces of paper will are thrown into the air as the clock strikes midnight.
So have yourself a ball tonight, and the clock strikes midnight start the year off right by lighting up one our new Bocado hand made premium cigars!