New Year Dates
For those who though that New Year comes once in a year, think again. You will be surprised to New Years are celebrated several times all through the 12 months of the year!! Given here are New Year dates and times of some of the most significant New Years celebrated across the globe.
New Years in the Month of January
January 1 – New Year’s Day – The world’s most widely celebrated holiday. Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, India and many other countries celebrate their New Year on this date.
January 1 – Japanese New Year’s Day – Also known as Gantan-sai or Oshogatsu.
January 7 – Egyptian New Year’s Day (Sekhmet)
Mahayana Buddhist New Year is celebrated on the first full moon day in January.
January 11 – Old Scottish New Year
January 14 – Eastern Orthodox New Year’s Day
January 21 – Celtic New Year
Korean New Year (Sol-Nal) – The Lunar New Year is celebrated at sunset on the day of the second new moon after the winter solstice.
Tibetan New Year also called Losar is celebrated in late January or early February at the time of the new moon.
Vietnamese New Year or Tet is celebrated between January 17th and February 19th at the time of the new moon.
Tibetan New Year (Ugyen Thinley Dorje) – Some Tibetans celebrate their New Year a month later than the Lunar New Year as Ugyen Thinley Dorje.
Muharram is the first month of the Muslim year and its first day is celebrated as Islamic New Year’s Day.
March 1 – Roman New Year also called the Festival of Mars, aka Feriae Marti, honored Mars, the Roman god of war.
March 14 – Sikh New Year Day – It is the first day of Chet, the first month of the Sikh calendar.
March 21 – The Baha’i New Year (Naw-Ruz) is always celebrated on the 21st March.
The Hindu New Year also known as Bikrami Samvat falls on the day following the new moon on or after the spring equinox.
March 21 – The Persian or Iranian New Year (Noruz) is always held on the spring equinox.
March 21 – The Assyrian New Year, called Rish Nissanu, occurs on the vernal equinox, 21 March, commencing the start of the spring.
Telugu New Year’s Day also known as Ugadi is celebrated on the day after the new moon following the vernal equinox (first day of spring).
March 21 – Zoroastrian New Year or Jamshedi is always on March 21st.
March 25 – Old British New Year – Before the Calendar Adjustment Act of 1751, Great Britain and its U.S. colonies celebrated New Year’s Day on March 25 because it is Lady Day as well as the Feast of the Annunciation.
Theravadin Buddhist New Year – The Tharavadin Buddhists of Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Lao celebrate the New Year on the first full moon day with three days of celebration.
April 14 – Solar New Year (Songkran) – This new year’s day is celebrated in many southeast Asia countries as Baisakhi in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka (or Varushapirapu); Songkran in Thailand; Boum Pimay or Bun-Pi-Mai-Lao in Laos; Thingyan in Myanmar; and Bon Chol Chhnam in Cambodia. The exact time on the 13th or 14th is determined by astrologers.
April 14 – Nepali New Year Day – The specific time of the New Year is set by astrologers on the 13th or 14th.
April 13 or April 14 – Sikh New Year Day (Vaisaki or Baisakhi) -On this day in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh created the Brotherhood of the Pure.
April 14 – Sinhala /Tamil New Year’s Day – Sri Lankans celebrate their national New Year’s Day (Puththandu in Tamil and Aluth Avurudhu in Sinhala). The specific time of the New Year is set by astrologers on the 13th or 14th. The Tamil New Year and Vishu are celebrated on the same day respectively in the Southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. They generally fall on 13 April or 14 April. The first month of the Tamil New Year is called Chithrai.
The Thai New Year is celebrated from 13 April to 15 April by throwing water.
The Cambodian New Year and Lao New Year are celebrated from 13 April to 15 April.
The Bengali New Year called Pohela Baisakh is celebrated on 14 April or 15 April in both Bangladesh and West Bengal.
April 22 – Parsi New Year Day also known as Pateti is celebrated on April 23 (April 22nd on leap years), this is one of the local new years celebrated in India.
24 – Babylonian New Year – The Babylonian New Year begins the Nabonassar Era Year 2752 on April 25th (24th on leap years).
New Years in the Month of May
May 26 – Buddhist New Year also known as Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti – Some Buddhist sects celebrate Budhha’s birthday on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month as their New Year’s Day. Note: Some sects now celebrate Buddha’s birthday on April 8th.
June 21 – Ancient Greek New Year – Some versions of the ancient Greek calendar celebrated the new year on the summer solstice.
July 9 – Armenian New Year – The Armenian Era, an old way of measuring time, began on July 9, 552.
Malayalam New Year – On the new moon in late August or early September (the first day of the Hindu month of Bhadon), the southern Indian state of Kerala celebrates its new year.
August 23 – Zoroastrian New Year (Shenshai) is always on August 23rd, for those Zoroastrians who follow the Shenshai calendar.
September 1 – Orthodox Christian New Year – This day marks the New Year for some Russian Orthodox Christians.
September 10 – African New Year
September 11 (12th in leap years)- Ethiopian New Years Day – This is a national holiday in Ethiopia.
September 16 – Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year begins on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishri (Tishrei), is also called the Day of Judgment and Remembrance.
October 3 – Moroccan New Year’s Day
Hindu New Year (Diwali) is celebrated on the new moon in late October or early November. It is considered by some as one of the Hindu New Years (sometimes celebrated the day after Diwali as Vikram New Year).
The Marwari New Year is celebrated on the day of the festival of Diwali
Jain New Year – Celebrated on the day after Diwali, this is the New Year’s day for the Jain religion. It is the day after of the attainment of Moksha by Mahavir Swami and the day when his chief disciple Gautam Swami attained Kevalgnan.
The Gujarati New Year is usually celebrated the day after the festival of Diwali (which occurs in mid-fall – either October or November, depending on the Lunar calendar.
Sikkimese New Year – The Sikkimese New Year or Losoong is celebrated from the first to fifth day of the Lunar 11th month. It is also called Sonam Losar or the Farmer’s New Year.