What is New Year’s Day?
New Year 2017 – New Year’s Day marks the Beginning and the End. New Year’s Day is the day after New Year’s Eve. It is perceived on the 1st of January. January 1 is the first day of the year in the ancient Julian and Roman Empire calendars. According to Romans, New Year’s day was first dedicated to the god of gates, beginnings, and doors named Janus, this is why the first month of the year is called January.
Christianity grew and public holidays were unified into the Christian calendar back in the first medieval period. Most of the Christian countries in Europe anticipated the 25th of March as the beginning of the year.
The change began after “William the Conqueror” also known as “William the Bastard” became the leader of England. He declared that it must be retrieved to the date when Roman pagans established January 1 as the beginning of the year.
After 500 years, Pope Gregory XIII formally announced the Gregorian calendars in the year 1582. The new calendar scheme was embraced quickly in some areas around Europe. In the year 1577, Pope Gregory XIII declared that all dying Roman Jews must attentively participate in Catholic sermons given by Roman synagogues after Friday night services. However, the Gregorian calendar was not practiced in several countries until several centuries had passed.
As the Gregorian calendar of Christendown arrived, New Year’s day manifested the feast of the Circumcision of Christ and is still observed until recent times. The feast of Circumcision of Christ is preserved in prehistoric churches such as the Lutheran Church and Angelican Church.
Ways in Celebrating the New Year 2017
New Year’s day is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world. The big event is usually anticipated with various preparations such as big fireworks displays, crowd parties and concerts, wide parades, attending church services, night outs and trips around the great sights of the most toured countries like Paris, London and Las Vegas.
Not all cultures chart the Gregorian calendar in participating New Year’s eve and New Year’s day. A few cultures such as Hindu, Jewish, Coptic, Chinese and Islams are using calendars that vary to the Gregorian calendar.
New Year marks the beginning and the end, this means that a New Year’s celebration is perceived as the beginning of another year and the end of the other.
Every culture celebrates differently. For some, New Year is the best time to make things right or to set things and put things in the right places. It has been practiced and applied by most Asian cultures. These beliefs include paying off debts, cleaning the house, repentance, fixing arguments and more.
Even for the fact that New Year comes with different meanings, it simply implies one thing, a fresh start.
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