New Year's Day

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 created to welcome the new year. In most countries, New Year Day is celebrated on 1 January.

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

Date Celebration
1 January Christian New Year
14 January Eastern Orthodox New Year (celebrating Jesus' circumcision)
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

Early Christmas

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 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.


Other websites

  • New Year's Around the World – slideshow by Life magazine
  • 12px "New Year's Day" . New International Encyclopedia. 1905.
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