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
Date1 January
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 made to welcome the new year. In most countries, New Year's Day is celebrated on 1 January. This holiday is celebrated the most, with over 200 countries and territories in the world that observe it.

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 2023[change | change source]

Date Celebration
1 January Christian New Year
14 January Eastern Orthodox New Year
22 January Chinese New Year (also known as the lunar year. It takes place every year on the first lunar month)
22 January Vietnamese New Year (also known as the Tết Nguyên Đán)
January to March Tibetan New Year
14 March Sikh / Nanakshahi New Year (also called Hola Mohalla)
20 or 21 March Iranian New Year (also called Norouz. It is the day containing the exact moment of the vernal equinox)
19, 20, 21 or 22 March 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)
1 April Assyrian New Year (also called Rish Nissanu)
13 or 14 April Tamil New Year
March or April Telugu New Year
13 April Punjabi New Year (also called Vaisakhi and celebrates the harvest)
13 to 15 April Thai New Year (celebrated by throwing water)
13 or 14 April Sri Lankan New Year (when the sun moves from the Meena Rashiya (House of Pisces) to the Mesha Rashiya (House of Aries))
13 to 15 April Cambodian New Year
14 or 15 April 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[2] 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 England until 1 January 1752, and in Scotland until 1 January 1600, when the kingdom of Scotland changed to Circumcision Style. England, the kingdom of Ireland, and the Thirteen Colonies changed to Circumcision Style on 1 January, after the United Kingdom of Great Britain changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar on 3/14 September 1752. This happened because the Parliament of Great Britain made an act of parliament, the Calendar (New Style) Act 1750.

Some Nigerian religious figures have a tradition of reading out prophecies, especially during the last few days of a year or on New Year's Day.[3] According to them, these prophecies come as they relate with God in the place of prayer and fasting.[3]

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.
  2. "Saying Happy New Year In German". Archived from the original on 26 February 2021. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Olayiwola, Simeon (25 December 2023). "2024: Pastors, Pranks and Prophecies". Northeast Star. Archived from the original on 26 December 2023. Retrieved 1 January 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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