New Year Dates
New Year celebration indicates the zeal of welcoming one more set of 365 days and the happiness of giving a warm farewell to the year that has given you so much to remember and learn. The day is celebrated all across the globe with same zest and enthusiasm. People do lots of preparation to welcome this special guest in their life. It is one such occasion which the whole world celebrates with same vigour in single voice together. Cities, streets, homes, offices are decorated all over the world with their own flavour and traditional ways. Most of the TV channels welcome the New Year with new shows and special correspondent live reports from different parts of the country. Many of us make new resolutions to make our life better than ever before. There are certain trivial facts associated with New Year celebration that people do not pay heed to. Let’s explore those little yet fascinating facts:
- Of all the holidays, New Year is considered to be the oldest. It was believed to be observed first by Babylon around 4000 years ago.
- Till today there are many countries which still celebrate New Year in spring, the new beginning of the crop season. Neither astronomical nor agricultural implication is associated with the celebration of New Year on 1st of January.
- The Roman ruling body first declared January 1 as the New Year in 153 B.C. which later was abolished. In 46 B.C. it was again came into existence with the beginning of the Julian calendar.
- In the Roman, January came from the name of the God Janus, a Latin word which means door. God Janus is believed to have two faces one facing the back and other the front at the same time and it signifies the “opening”.
- The tradition of exchanging gifts on the eve of New Year came into existence at the time of Romans, when they started giving branches of sacred trees to each other as gifts. That phenomenon continues till now.
- It was only in 1582 when most of the countries started observing New Year on January 1 after Gregorian calendar came into being.
- In Britain, people celebrate New Year by gathering around and singing the song “Auld Lang Syne” by Robert Burns in the 1700’s.
- The idea of taking new resolutions came from Babylonians.
- It is believed worldwide that whatever one eats or does on the first day of the year will be shown in the rest of the remaining days of the year in the person’s life.
- In some parts of the U.S. people celebrate New Year by consuming black-eyed peas because it is believed to bring in luck in one’s life.
- People in Spain follow the ritual of eating twelve grapes at midnight, which means you would be able to secure twelve happy months of the year.
- In many countries it is believed that you invite good luck by exchanging gifts in the shape of ring as it symbolises “coming full circle”.
- In some places New Year is celebrated as “Feast of Christ’s Circumcision”.