Why is New Year’s Day celebrated on Jan 1??

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Hello friends!! How are you all?? First of all, a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and your dear ones. So what’s so special about a New Year?? Why is New Year’s Day celebrated on January 1?? Whether it is written in some books or there is any law behind this. We do celebrate the New Year’s Day with great enthusiasm and joy. Like partying all the night like animals, hanging out in the streets with our friends doing crazy talks, watching those amazing fireworks that lighten up the whole sky and waiting for that crazy moment when the clock strikes twelve to shout up loud those three amazing words, ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR’. Lets find out the reason behind this celebration!!

New Year’s Day was celebrated on January 1 for the first time in 45 BC when the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar brought the Julian calendar into effect. it shifted the year’s first day from March 1 to January 1. The Gregorian calendar which is used now had replaced the Julian calendar in 1582 and thereby retained January 1 as the year’s beginning.

History behind Celebration of New Year’s Day!!

The earliest recording of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. A variety of other dates tied to the seasons were also used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice.

The early Roman calendar designated March 1 as the new year. The calendar had just ten months, beginning with March. That the new year once began with the month of March is still reflected in some of the names of the months.

The first time the new year was celebrated on January 1st was in Rome in 153 B.C. (In fact, the month of January did not even exist until around 700 B.C., when the second king of Rome, Numa Pontilius, added the months of January and February.) The new year was moved from March to January because that was the beginning of the civil year, the month that the two newly elected Roman consuls—the highest officials in the Roman republic—began their one-year tenure. But this new year date was not always strictly and widely observed, and the new year was still sometimes celebrated on March 1.

In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar introduced a new, solar-based calendar that was a vast improvement on the ancient Roman calendar, which was a lunar system that had become wildly inaccurate over the years. The Julian calendar decreed that the new year would occur with January 1, and within the Roman world, January 1 became the consistently observed start of the new year.

Some Beautiful Scenes of New Year’s Day 2017 from the World

When it’s all about to celebrate the New Year, New Zealand was one of the first countries  to usher in 2017. Well how other countries can wait to celebrate the New Year in the tremendous style. Such mesmerizing scenes that a person will have a dream to watch can be easily seen in the different parts of the world.

New Year Laser light show over Auckland Sky Tower
Fireworks over Singapore Financial District to mark the New Year
New Year Eve in Times Square,NY

 

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New Year Celebrations in London

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