May 23, 2024
New Year

New Year

We welcome the New Year by celebrating the 31st Night. But many of us do not know when, where and how the new year started.

In this world of thousands of cultures, every country has a different calendar. But only the Gregorian or English calendar follows all the calculations and activities of the people of the world.

Let us know about the history of English New Year in brief discussion:

History of English New Year:

The new year begins on January 1 in the modern Gregorian calendar and Julian calendar. However, the concept of celebrating the English New Year dates back to 2000 BC. Then the people of the Mesopotamian civilization (modern day Iraq) started celebrating the day. They used to celebrate this on the first day of their accounting year.

The tradition of celebrating the New Year in Rome began in 153 BC. Later in 46 BC Emperor Julius Caesar introduced a new calendar. Which is known as Julian calendar.

In Rome the first day of the Julian calendar year was dedicated to the god Janus. Janus is the god of entrance or initiation. The first month of the year, January, is named after him.

That was before birth of Jesus. Pope Gregory XIII reformed this calendar by counting the birth year of Jesus Christ in 1582. Which is known as Gregorian calendar. Currently most of the countries in the world follow the Gregorian calendar as the actual calendar.

New Year Celebrations:

The formal celebration of the day dates back to the 19th century. New Year’s Eve i.e. December 31 is New Year’s Eve. On this day, a festive atmosphere prevails in different countries of the world on the arrival of the new year.

This day is celebrated as a public holiday in different countries. Every year on December 31, the frenzy of New Year celebrations begins. Fireworks, lanterns spread in the sky. The sky becomes colorful. This International New Year’s Day has become a universal tradition in the modern world.

Let’s give a brief overview of New Year celebrations by country:

London:

At 12:00 on December 31, Big Ben in London, fireworks light up the River Thames.

Scotland:

New Year’s Eve in Scotland is called Hogmanay. On this day, a street party was held on Princes Street in Edinburgh.

Greece and Cyprus:

The scale of New Year’s celebrations in Greece and Cyprus is slightly different. They cut the vasilopita (basil pie) after extinguishing the lamp on the first night of the year. Inside this pie is a coin. A person who falls on this coin is considered lucky for the entire year.

France:

French people consider the weather to be the arrival of the day. According to them, the wind heralds the achievements of the coming year. They believe that if the wind blows from the east, the fruit production will be good this year, if the wind blows from the west, the fish production will be good, and if the wind blows from the north, the crop production will not be good.

Others:

In Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Netherlands, people flock to the beach or water on New Year’s Day, lighting lanterns. Sometimes these celebrations are called Polar Bear Plunges. Various organizations sometimes organize polar bear drives to raise money for charity.

South Asian countries also celebrate this day with various cultural events to mark the beginning of the year. Various cultural programs, concerts, parties etc. are organized.

The day comes with new expectations and new enthusiasm. Happy New Year and Prosperity to all. Happy English New Year from ‘Mandatory press’ News family and to all the readers. Good luck 2024.

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