New Year Celebrations

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New Year is the time or day at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar’s year count increments by one. People across the globe have not just rung in a new year celebrations, but a new decade. Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner and the 1st day of January is often marked as a national holiday.

This New Years’ holiday is often celebrate by fireworks, parades and reflection upon the last year while looking ahead to the future’s possibilities. Many people celebrate New Year together with their family or friends, involving traditions meant to bring luck and success in the upcoming year.

History of the New Year Celebration

New year celebrations initially appeared in the Middle East, 2000 BC. The people of Mesopotamia celebrate the change of the year when the sun is directly above the equator.

After Julius Caesar was crowned Emperor of Rome, he decided to replace the traditional Roman Calendar that had been created since the seventh century BC. In designing this new calendar, Julius Caesar was assisted by Sosigenes, an astronomer from Alexandria. Sosigenes, suggest that the new calendar make by following the solar revolution. The solar revolution is same way how Egyptians count a time for their calendar.

One year in the new calendar Sosigenes make have 365 days. And after that, Julius Caesar add another 67 days in 45 BC to 46 BC starting on January 1. Julius Caesar also want that every four years, add one day on February. These additions, according to him, could theoretically avoid irregularities in his new calendar. Before Julius Caesar was killed in 44 BC, he changed the name of the month of Quintilis to its name, Julius or July. Then, the name of the month Sextilis was changed to the name of the successor Julius Caesar, Emperor Augustus, to August.

Today’s New Year Celebrations

In the Gregorian calendar, the most widely used calendar system today, New Year occurs on January 1 (New Year’s Day). This was also the first day of the year in the original Julius Caesar (Julian Calendar) and of the Roman Calendar (after 153 BC).

During the Middle Ages in western Europe, while the Julian calendar was still in use, authorities moved New Year’s Day. The change date of New Years depending upon locale, to one of several other days. The moving date was March 1, March 25, Easter, September 1 and December 25. Starting in 1582, the adoptions of the Gregorian Calendar meant that national or local numbers in the Western World and its surroundings had changed using a fixed date for New Year’s Day, January 1.

Many cultures celebrate this New Year with their own unique way. Typically the customs and traditions of happy New Years Day involve celebrating with champagne and a variety of different foods. New Years marks a date of newly start a success, found happiness and a clean slate. For many celebrating a New Years, it is their opportunity to learn from the prior year and make positive changes in their live.

The New Year is a perfect time to make a change for the better. The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions is more common in the western hemisphere but also exists in the eastern hemisphere. This tradition involves a person making a commitment to change an unwanted habit or behavior or setting a personal objective.

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