New Year's Day
|New Year's Day|
Fireworks in Mexico City at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, 2013
|Observed by||Users of the Gregorian calendar|
|Significance||The first day of the Gregorian year|
|Celebrations||Making New Year's resolutions, church services, parades, sporting events, fireworks|
|Related to||New 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 1 January. This holiday has been the most celebration with over 200 countries and territories in the world.
Modern new year celebrations[change | change source]
|1 January||Christian New Year|
|14 January||Eastern Orthodox New Year|
|21 January||Chinese New Year (also known as the lunar year. It takes place every year on the first lunar month)|
|21 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 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 1 January 1752, except Scotland which changed to Circumcision Style dating on 1 January 1600. The rest of Great Britain changed to Circumcision Style on 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]
- 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.
- "Saying Happy New Year In German". www.events2021.com. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to New Year's Day.|
Other websites[change | change source]
- New Year's Around the World Archived 2011-01-03 at the Wayback Machine – slideshow by Life magazine
- New International Encyclopedia. 1905. .
|U.S. federal holidays|
|New Year's Day | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | Presidents' Day | Memorial Day | Independence Day |
Labor Day | Columbus Day | Veterans Day | Thanksgiving Day | Christmas Day