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Nobody knows where "The Midnight Kiss" or New Year's eve came from.

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Millions of couples, as well as complete strangers, use the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve to exchange kisses. The origins of this trend are unknown, but we do know that kisses were part of the Roman Saturnalia Festival (held in December), and midnight kisses were traditionally thought to bring good luck in England and Germany. In fact, it appears that German immigrants popularised the idea of puckering up at 12 a.m. The New York Times reported in 1863 that "New Year's Eve is a great time among the Germans... As the last stroke [of midnight] fades into silence, everyone, big and small, young and old, male and female, rushes into each other's arms, and hearty kisses are exchanged..."&l

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