New Years Day
New Year's Day is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar. In pre-Christian Rome, the day was dedicated to Janus, the god of gateways and beginnings. In the modern Western culture, New Year's Day is celebrated with fireworks at midnight when the day turns from December 31 to January 1. Other traditions include making resolutions for the rest of the year.
New Year's Day is celebrated by other cultures who follow a calendar other than the Gregorian or Julian calendars. New Year's Day may fall on different calendar days by the Gregorian calendar.
- Many countries in Africa celebrate the New Year on September 11.
- The African New Year, started in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, takes place on the second Sunday of June.
- The Chinese New Year celebrates the first day of the lunar calendar and falls sometime between January 20 and February 20.
- The Thai New Year occurs on April 13 or April 14.
- In the Hindu religion, the New Year may have different dates of celebration depending on regional cultures, often in the springtime.
- Parts of Eastern Europe celebrate New Year's Day on January 14, the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar.
- The Islamic calendar is lunar-based and the date of the New Year differs from year-to-year by the Gregorian calendar.
- The Jewish New Year occurs sometime during September or October.
Substitute holidays for New Year's Day