Nothing gives us more motivation than the start of a new year. According to the Gregorian calendar, New Years Day is celebrated on January 1st .
History of New Year celebrations
The celebrations associated with New Years, and choosing January 1st as the New Year's Day, originated in the Roman Period. The early Roman calendar, believed to have been created by the founders of Rome, Romulus, consisted of 10 months and 304 days. According to this calendar, each New Year was to begin at the Vernal Equinox.
However, over the centuries, the calendar fell out of sync with the Sun, and the emperor, Julius Caesar, decided to solve the problem by consulting with his most prominent astronomers and mathematicians, thereby introducing the Julian Calendar.
The Julian Calendar closely resembles the present-day Gregorian Calendar that is followed today by most countries in the world.
In his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month’s namesake: Janus, the ‘Roman God of Beginnings’. It is believed that Janus had two faces, which allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future.
This is probably how the traditions and celebrations, which are now linked to the festival, came into place!
And the celebrations continue..
While each culture has its own customs and traditions for celebrating the New Year’s Day, there are some common themes for all cultures. As the New Year’s Day approaches, people go about doing some, if not all, of these chores- house cleaning, paying off debts, returning borrowed objects, reflecting on one's shortcomings, mending quarrels, giving donations. This gives them a feeling of satisfaction of starting a New Year on a fresh page/note.
Some even regard New Year’s Day as one of the most active-minded holidays, because it encourages and pushes people to re-evaluate their lives, and decide on plans of action to make them better. Mostly, it gives people a chance to make resolutions/positive changes that the person wants to work towards in the New Year.
Celebrations for New Years Day include fireworks, lavish dinners and drinks, exchanging gifts, meeting friends and family, among many more. The celebrations, lately, have become so extravagant that the tradition of New Year’s Eve has become as popular as the festival itself!
Prepare for the New Year
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