What are your plans to celebrate the coming year? Are you planning to spend it with your family or do you want to party the whole night with your friends?
Whatever your plans are, the new year is all about celebrations. And no celebration is complete without humor. Don’t you think so too?
That is where riddles come into the picture!
Riddles are a great way to spend time with your kids, family, and friends. And it leads to laughter when someone gives a funny or wrong answer. This makes it a perfect activity for nights when you are in the mood for merriment.
There are tons of riddles out there. But I have come up with the best new years riddles in this post that you can ask your near and dear ones and see how they perform.
I am not a pro at answering riddles, but I like this game a lot – right from my childhood days. Those days my parents used to sit with my sister and me and ask us riddles, especially during holidays.
And then, I used to go to school and flaunt my newly-learned riddles to my friends with a proud smile. Gosh! I miss those days.
Here I have listed riddles for both kids and adults, so no one at your new year party will feel left out. You can ask kids the questions first, as they tend to have less patience than adults, and then move on to asking questions to the adults.
Best New Year’s Riddles for Kids and Adults
First, let me wish you and your family a very happy new year in advance!
I LOVE celebrations, be it a wedding, birthday, anniversary, or any other kind of party. I am always the excited one to attend parties.
But welcoming the new year is a different level of excitement for me. So I always make sure to plan in advance so that everything falls right in place.
But things have been a bit different since the birth of my baby girl. If you are a parent too, you will understand how we have to plan things according to the schedule of our kids!
As I couldn’t enjoy much in the last two new year celebrations, I plan to enjoy as much as I can this year with my closest set of people.
And riddles can be a great addition to that!
Munch on your favorite cookies and snacks, sip your favorite drinks, and ask your loved ones riddles about the new year. This would be a great combination to welcome the new year.
Yes, I know you want to keep your kids busy so that you can enjoy it too! And that is another reason to ask riddles to your little ones.
They will be busy thinking about the answer while you enjoy with the party attendees.
Like the idea? Get ready with your list of new year riddles now!
New Year’s Riddles for Adults
Yes, I like celebrations. And I like attending parties too.
But then there’s this other side of me that is super lazy, doesn’t like to go out, and sits at home binge-watching my favorite Netflix series or having a great time chatting with my favorite people.
If you are anything like me, then riddles are something that can be very useful for you.
Welcoming the new year demands celebration, but that doesn’t mean you have to go out and party when all you want is to sit at home with your closest people.
You know you can make the most of new year’s eve sitting with your friends and family, having conversations, talking about your new year’s resolutions, having food and drinks, and yes, playing some fun games.
And riddles fit this scenario pretty well! Riddles are something that captures all your attention and makes you think about what the answer could be. And when you are able to say the right answer, your joy knows no bounds.
But the fun doesn’t end there. When you say a wrong and funny answer, the roll of laughter that you get to hear is something that you don’t want to miss. Isn’t it?
This makes riddles a perfect game for your new year’s eve, especially if you are planning a gathering at home with just your closest buddies and well-wishers.
In this section, I have listed some of the best new year riddles that you can ask your friends and family.
Yes, I know, not every one of you is very good at answering riddles. And that is why I have included both easy and hard riddles here.
Select the easy ones to ask those who are not very quick at finding solutions to riddles, and keep the hard ones for the pros.
Two girls have the same parents and were born at the same hour on the same day of the same month, but they are not twins. How can this be possible?They were not born in the same year.
Joe is turning 17 this year, yet he turned 16 yesterday. How is this possible?Joe’s birthday is on December 31st, the last day of the year. The current day was January 1st of the next year.
One lady ordered a fast-delivery pizza, and her order came the next year. How is this possible?She ordered the pizza for New Year’s Day.
The day before yesterday, Chris was 7 years old. Next year, she’ll turn 10. How is this possible?Today is January 1st. Yesterday, December 31st, was Chris’s 8th birthday. On December 30th, she was still 7. This year she will turn 9, and next year, she’ll turn 10.
In what year did Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall in the same year?It happens every year.
I am a holiday, of course, celebrated in December. I am celebrated until New Year. People who celebrate me are considered Evil by many Religions. What am I?I am Yule!
What is significant about 3661 seconds past midnight on January 1st, 2001?The time and date will be 01:01:01 on 01/01/01.
When I asked her how old she was, she smiled and said cryptically: “The day before yesterday, I was 22, but next year I’ll be 25.” What is her birthday, and when was the date of our conversation?We conversed on January 1st and her birthday was on December 31st. So, the day before yesterday, on December 30th, she was 22, and he turned 23 on December 31st. So her next birthday, when she turns 24, would be December 31st of the same year the question was asked. However, next year’s birthday would be the following year, on December 31st, when she would be 25.
What are these?
January 1st, 2010 => 800 X 600
January 1st, 2011 => 1280 X 1024
January 1st, 2012 => 600 X 1200New Year Resolution (Popular Screen Resolution of the year)
Christmas and New Year’s Day occur exactly one week apart. So a New Year’s that occurs right after Christmas should be on the same day of the week. But in the year 2020, Christmas will occur on a Friday and New Year’s on a Wednesday.
Why is this?In 2020, New Year’s occurred on January 1st, 2020, and Christmas on December 25th, 2020. These dates are 51 weeks and 2 days apart, not one week apart (during the year, New Year’s occurs before Christmas).
What do you tell someone you didn’t see on New Year’s Eve?I haven’t seen you for a year!
What’s the problem with jogging on New Year’s Eve?The ice falls out of your drinks!
Bidding farewell, Macy said to her friend that she would “see her next year” even though they had a lunch date scheduled for the following day. How is this possible?It was December 31st, and their lunch date was on January 1st, which is after New Year, the ‘next year.’
What is a phrase that’s formed of 4 letters but consists of 3? Sometimes is written with 9, never with 5, and occasionally is made up of 12.HNY, everyone.
A mother gave birth to twin boys, but they were born in different years and on different days. And no, they are not part of 2 sets. How is this possible?One was born on December 31st at 11:59 pm, and the other was born on January 1st at 12:00 am!
When does New Year’s Day come before Christmas Day?Every year!
What day marks the beginning of the New Year for followers of the Jewish religion?Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the New Year for members of the Jewish religion. The Hebrew translation means “Beginning of Year.”
Who were the first people in history to celebrate the New Year and make New Year’s resolutions?Around 4000 years ago, the Babylonians were the first to celebrate New Year’s. Their most common resolution was to resolve to return borrowed farm equipment in the New Year.
Why do people in Spain eat 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve?In Spain, 12 grapes are eaten at midnight to secure 12 happy months in the coming year – one for each stroke of the clock. Each grape individually represents a different month.
In America, the ball drops in Times Square to countdown to the New Year. In London, how is the New Year rung in?In London, Big Ben chimes in the New Year.
Who established January 1st as the start of the New Year?Julius Caesar declared January 1st the start of the new year when he established the Julian Calendar. January was named for Janus, the two-faced god who looked both ahead to the new year and back to the previous year.
Can you name a food that is considered unlucky to eat for the New Year?Unlucky foods to avoid are lobster because they move backward, not forward, into the New Year. Likewise, the chicken is discouraged because the bird scratches in a backward direction. Another superstition is to not eat fowl because they could cause good luck to fly away.
There are five hen and rooster pairs. Each pair has one baby every month.
How many chickens will there be in one year?It is impossible to know because the chicken’s babies could also have babies during this time.
What do you call a 100-year-old ant?An antique!
What do you call a happy Lassie?A jolly collie!
How many seconds are there in a year?12. January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, cont…
What does the dentist of the year get?A little plaque.
These are giant balls of gas
Many light years away
Most are only seen at night
Although ones are seen in the dayStars
There are two of these on the sides of cars
And two on the side of a truck
If you accidentally break one
You’ll have seven years of bad luckA Mirror
If December 31st is the end of the year, what is the end of Christmas?The letter S
New Year’s Riddles for Kids
Once you become parents, there is no looking back!
Your kids become your responsibility for the rest of your life, or at least until they become adults and can make their own decisions. And till then, you need to think about their schedule before making any plans.
I’m a mommy to a toddler. So you can understand what phase I’m going through!
I need to stay super alert all the time. I can’t even take a break when she is awake.
Parenting is hard, no matter what others say. And if you have more than one kid, a big salute to you!
Keeping your kids busy in a good way, especially during a party or celebration, is a real task. But that is where riddles can come to your rescue.
Ask your kids to sit and give them the following riddles to solve. This will keep them occupied for at least some time until they find the answers to them. And you can relax a bit or enjoy yourself with your friends.
These new year riddles are easy so that your kids don’t lose interest in answering them.
In which year did New Year and Christmas celebrations take place?It is celebrated every year.
It is a place where you check the countdown for the New Year celebrations. What is it?A Clock
It is a cracker that cannot be eaten. What is it?Firecracker
It has a neck but no head. What is it?A bottle
You need a crowd to throw me. What am I?A party
What is that we can’t see, but it is in front of us?The future
I am a dessert used for celebrating all occasions. What is it?A Cake
What is it that begins with the letter T and ends with the letter T and has T in it?A teapot
What goes up and never comes back?Age
Which is the month when the Christmas and New Year party is celebrated?December
When do you start celebrating the New Year?31st December midnight
What is the card that you use for sending New Year wishes?Postcard
Why did the baker go to jail?It is because he was caught beating the eggs.
What is a photographer’s favorite game?Pictionary
How many months have 28 days?All the 12 months
If you don’t keep it, it breaks. What is it?A Promise
It has a thumb and four fingers, but it is not a hand. What is it?A glove
Which ship has two people but no captain?Friendship
What can you catch but cannot throw?Cold
You will purchase me to eat but will not be able to eat. Who am I?A plate
It falls in the winter season but never gets hurt. What is it?Snow
Name the person who declared January 1st as the start of the New Year.Julius Caesar
When does Mickey Mouse put up his new calendar?On New Ears Day!
What is a cow’s favorite holiday?Moo, Year’s Day!
What does a caterpillar do on New Year’s Day?Turns over a new leaf.
What do you call people who like to drink hot chocolate all year long?Cocoa-Nuts.
What are a werewolf’s favorite days of the year?The howl-o-days!
What time of year does an octopus favor?Oct-ober
During the Chinese New Year celebrations, I breathe fire. Run madly and dance joyfully.There are a few men who guide my steps
My presence signifies good luck and fortune
Who am I?
It’s the year of the boar, rat, and dog. It’s all about lanterns, dragons, and much more. What is it?The Chinese New Year.
One traffic light said something to the other on New Year’s Eve. What was it?Hey, close your eyes. I am changing.
What does a ghost say on the 1st of January?Happy-boo Year.
Did you know the math teacher’s favorite New Year’s Eve hangout?It’s the Times Square.
What’s it that Dad promised on 11:59 pm New Year’s Eve?That he wouldn’t crack jokes for the remaining part of the year!
Someone sprinkled sugar on my pillow on the 31st of December. Do you know why?Because he wanted you to begin the first day of the year with sweet dreams.
Why must you put your calendar inside the freezer?So that you begin the New Year in a cool manner.
A basketball player’s resolution would be?To travel more and more.
A farmer gave this to his better half on New Year’s Eve?Hogs and kisses.
Snowmen do this on New Year’s Eve?They chill out!
In a party thrown on New Year’s Eve, where would you find comedians?In the punchline.
How Can New Year Riddles Benefit Your Kids?
Riddles are not just for fun. Practicing them has multiple benefits. Here I have mentioned some of them.
- They help in developing fine motor skills in your kids.
- Your kids become strong in vocabulary and language.
- They assist your kids in learning in a fun and humorous ambiance.
- Your kids get to learn something new even when enjoying New Year’s Eve.
- Your kids’ problem-solving and critical-thinking skills get enhanced.
How hard do you think these new year’s riddles for adults are? And how easy do you think the riddles for kids are?
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Hi, I am Claudia, I run TheQueenMomma’s content creation team, personally focusing on topics which add joy to people’s life. You would usually see me writing on topics like Jokes, Riddles, Truth & Dare as well as Baby Names etc.
In my professional career, I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s in sociology and specialize in media and crime. Once I finished my education, I began my career working as a journalist, reporting on various topics like crime, justice and family law. Even though I valued journalism, I came to the realization that I wanted to have a more immediate impact in people’s lives as well as bring joy to them.