All Question On One Page false false Many years ago, new year celebrations were almost always held at the time of an astronomical event. 2 During Akitu in ancient Mesopotamia, a variety of rituals took place. 1 The way Sydney welcomes the new year is very different from other important cities. 2 'First footing' in Scotland involves people giving presents. 1 In Spain, people eat a number of grapes just after midnight during New Year celebrations. 2 Researchers have found out that many people do not succeed in keeping their New Year's resolutions. 1