New Year's Day

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New Year's Day
New Year's Day
Fireworks in Mexico City at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, 2013
Observed byUsers of the Gregorian calendar
SignificanceThe first day of the Gregorian year
DateJanuary 1
CelebrationsMaking New Year's resolutions, church services, parades, sporting events, fireworks[1]
Related toNew Year's Eve, Christmastide

New Year's Day is a holiday in many countries. It was created to welcome the new year. In most countries, New Year Day is celebrated on January 1.

The new year is an event that happens when a culture celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Cultures that measure yearly calendars all have new year celebrations.

Modern new year celebrations[change | change source]

Date Celebration
January 1 Christian New Year
January 14 Eastern Orthodox New Year (celebrating Jesus' circumcision)
January 21 Chinese New Year (also known as the lunar year. It takes place every year on the first lunar month)
January 21 Vietnamese New Year (also known as the Tết Nguyên Đán)
January to March Tibetan New Year
March 14 Sikh / Nanakshahi New Year (also called Hola Mohalla)
March 20 or 21 Iranian New Year (also called Norouz. It is the day containing the exact moment of the vernal equinox)
March 19, 20, 21 or 22 Bahá'í New Year (also called Naw-Rúz. It is the day (starting at the previous sunset) in Tehran containing the exact moment of the vernal equinox)
April 1 Assyrian New Year (also called Rish Nissanu)
April 13 or 14 Tamil New Year
March or April Telugu New Year
April 13 Punjabi New Year (also called Vaisakhi and celebrates the harvest)
April 13 to 15 Thai New Year (celebrated by throwing water)
April 13 or 14 Sri Lankan New Year (when the sun moves from the Meena Rashiya (House of Pisces) to the Mesha Rashiya (House of Aries))
April 13 to April 15 Cambodian New Year
April 14 or 15 Bengali New Year (also called Pohela Baisakh)
October or November Gujarati New Year
October or November Marwari New Year
Muharram 1 Islamic New Year

Historical dates for the new year[change | change source]

Early Christmas[change | change source]

In Christmas Style dating, the new year started on 25 December. This was used in Germany and England until the thirteenth century, and in Spain from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century.

In Annunciation Style dating the new year started on 25 March, the feast of the Annunciation. This was used in many parts of Europe in the Middle Ages. The style was started by Dionysius Exiguus in AD 525. Annunciation Style was used in the Kingdom of Great Britain until January 1, 1752, except Scotland which changed to Circumcision Style dating on 1 January 1600. The rest of Great Britain changed to Circumcision Style on the 1 January after the change in Great Britain from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar on 3/14 September 1752.

References[change | change source]

  1. Mehra, Komal (2006). Festivals Of The World. Sterling Publishers. p. 69. ISBN 9781845575748. In many European countries like Italy, Portugal and Netherlands, families start the new year by attending church services and then calling on friends and relatives. Italian children receive gifts or money on New Year's Day. People in the United States go to church, give parties and enjoy other forms of entertainment.

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