If an alien were to land on Earth tomorrow and asked you to explain our New Year’s Eve customs, would you be able to tell them why we all gather around a giant, shiny ball and watch it drop? Probably not. To us, it just doesn’t make any obvious sense.
But there is actually an interesting reason behind this tradition. It dates back several hundred years, and once you learn how it started, the whole Times Square New Year’s celebration is going to make a whole lot more sense.