It’s hard to believe that 2013 is almost here, especially considering the Mayan prophecy that was supposed to doom us all on Dec. 21.

Head2Head is all about looking forward while not forgetting about the past, so this week’s trivia is about New Year’s celebrations, past and present.

Two-time trivia champ Vickie Douglas is going up against Mike Pratt.

Questions

1. What does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

2. What is the month of January named for?

3. Which calendar uses animals to mark years?

4. The first New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square was in what year?

5. What is the Jewish New Year called?

6. What is the most watched parade on New Year’s Day?

7. Kwanzaa ends on Jan. 1 and its name comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza.” What does it mean in English?

8. In 1751, the British Calendar Act established Jan. 1 as the beginning of the year. What was it before?

9. Eating black-eyed peas, ham or cabbage on New Year’s Eve is supposed to bring what to the person?

10. What did the ancient Persians give as gifts on New Year’s Day?

Vickie’s answers

1. I never used to know what this meant, but it’s “time goes by” or “gone by.”

2. It’s one of the ancient gods. Maybe Greek?

3. Chinese

4. Um, a long time ago? For a year, I’ll say 1912.

5. I’m pretty sure it’s Rosh Hashanah.

6. I don’t know. Who has parades on New Year’s Day?

7. Not really up on my Swahili, but maybe it has something to do with new beginnings.

8. This is probably wrong. July 1.

9. Luck

10. I think they gave each other money.

Mike’s Answers

1. Never thought about it.

2. Janus

3. Chinese

4. No idea. Maybe around 1950.

5. Yom Kippur

6. The Rose Bowl parade.

7. No idea.

8. Dec. 31

9. A prosperous year.

10. Oil

Conclusion

Vickie takes the win by a slim margin, but it’s enough to return next week for yet another round. Head2Head will be back in 2013 and wishes everyone a safe, happy New Year.

Correct answers

1. “Times gone by”

2. The Roman god Janus

3. Chinese

4. 1907

5. Rosh Hashanah

6. Rose Parade

7. “First fruits”

8. March 25

9. Luck

10. Eggs