The celebration of the new year on January 1st is a relatively new phenomenon. The early Roman calendar designated March 1 as the new year.
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.
In 46 B.C. 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.
In medieval Europe, however, the celebrations accompanying the new year were considered pagan and unchristian like, and in 567 the Council of Tours abolished January 1 as the beginning of the year.
In 1582, the Gregorian calendar reform restored January 1 as new year’s day. Although most Catholic countries adopted the Gregorian calendar almost immediately, it was only gradually adopted among Protestant countries. The British, for example, did not adopt the reformed calendar until 1752. Until then, the British Empire —and their American colonies— still celebrated the new year in March.
The Year 2015 is the 4712th Chinese year. The first day of the 2015 Chinese New Year is on February 19, 2015 in China’s time zone. 2015 is the year of Sheep. Some people say 2015 is a Green Sheep year.
Hindus follow a calendar called Vikram Samvat, which uses lunar months and is 56.7 years ahead of the Gregorian calendar.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated in 2015 from sundown on Sept. 14 to nightfall on Sept. 15. The Hebrew date for Rosh Hashanah is Tishrei year 5776.
In June 21, the winter solstice in Bolivia, when the earth is farthest away from the sun is the Aymara New Year,celebrated in different places on the Bolivian altiplano
Guatemala’s Indians conducted spiritual ceremonies at assorted sacred centers around the country to celebrate the start of the Maya New Year 1531, or Oxlajuj No’j.
2015 has been designated the International Year of Light and the International Year of Soils by the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly.
the 2015th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 15th year of the 3rd millennium, the 15th year of the 21st century, and the 6th year of the 2010s decade.
And how else is it celebrated?
Mexicans celebrate New Year’s Eve, (Spanish: Vispera de Año Nuevo) by eating a grape with each of the twelve chimes of a clock’s bell during the midnight countdown, while making a wish with each one.
In Puerto Rico, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with friends and family.
In the United States, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with formal parties, family-oriented activities, and other large public events. One of the most prominent celebrations in the country is the “ball drop” held in New York City’s Times Square.
In the Roman Catholic Church, January 1 is a solemnity honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus; it is a Holy Day of Obligation in most countries thus the Church requires the attendance of all Catholics in such countries for Mass that day.
Many Christian congregations have New Year’s Eve watchnight services. Some, especially Lutherans and Methodists and those in the African American community, have a tradition known as “Watch Night”, in which the faithful congregate in services continuing past midnight, giving thanks for the blessings of the outgoing year and praying for divine favor during the upcoming year.
Spanish New Year’s Eve (Nochevieja or Fin de Año) Spanish tradition says that wearing new, red underwear on New Year’s Eve brings good luck.
In Argentina the burning of dolls is a local tradition in the city of La Plata.
In Costa Rica, families usually gather around 9 pm for parties that last until 1 or 2 am, the next day.
Throughout history people celebrate the change, but only individuals can make real changes for themselves. How one decides to change is a personal and unique decision.
Happy New Year! Let’s change for the better!
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