New Year – History and Facts

New Year

New Year is the day where all peoples in the world starts following New Calendar Year or New Calendar Year begins. All peoples celebrate this day anxiously with family, friends and colleague. They celebrate this day with blowing crackers, doing parties in hotels, disks and pubs with great enthusiasm. The New Year which falls in 1st January according to the Gregorian calendar, is mostly used by many countries this days. Many countries, such as the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the United States, mark 1st January as a national holiday. In Julian Calendar and Roman Calendar this falls in the same day. Here you can find New Year Days in other Calendars or all the calendars through out the world.

New Year Days in Other Calendars

New Years Day is celebrated in different dates and by following different Calendars throughout the world. The following are the details which shows this Days in other Calendars.


African New Year is celebrated on 11 September (12 September in leap years) in the end of summer rainy season. They uses their own ancient calendar, which was based on the Julian calendar.

East Asian

In Cambodian it is celebrated on 13th April. During these occasions Cambodians play their traditional games or go to pagoda.

Chinese New Year falls between any dates from 21 January to 21 February. It is the first day of the lunar calendar and is corrected for the solar every three years.

Japanese New Year is celebrated on 1st January because the Gregorian calendar is now used instead of the Chinese Calendar.

Korean New Year is also celebrated as solar New Year Day on 8 February each year. They follow Lunar Calendar. Koreans celebrate New Year’s Day by preparing food for their ancestors’ spirits, visiting ancestors’ graves, and playing Korean games such as Yunnori.

Thai New Year falls on 13 April or 14 April which they called Songkran in their local language. People usually come out to splash water on one another. The throwing of water originated as a blessing as it had been poured over buddhas.

Vietnamese New Year falls between 20 January and 20 February commonly known by its shortened name Tết or “Vietnamese Lunar Year”.


Europen New Year is celebrated on January 13, based on the Julian Calendar.

Middle Eastern

In Islamic it varry from year to year because they follow lunar calendar. The first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.

In Nowruz it is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21. They marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian Calendar. The holiday is also celebrated and observed by many parts of Central Asia, South Asia, North Western China, Crimea and Zoroastrian.

In Jewish it is celebrated during September or October by Jews in Israel and throughout the world.

South Asian or Indian

Christians in India celebrate 1st January 1 as the New Year according to the Gregorian calendar. Catholic Christian also celebrate 1st January.

In Hinduism, different regional cultures celebrate new year at different times of the year. In Assam, Bengal, Kerala, Nepal, Orissa, Punjab and Tamil Nadu, peoples celebrate the when the Sun enters Aries on the Hindu Calendar. This is normally on April 14 or April 15, depending on the leap year.

In Nepalese the celebration, which also coincides with the Diwali festival.

In Sinhalese it is celebrated between April 13 and April 14. Sri Lankan culture is predominantly by the Sri Lankan Sinhalese, while the Tamil on the same day is celebrated by Sri Lankan Tamils. The Sinhalese New Year (aluth avurudda), marks the end of harvest season.

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