New Year’s Day 2018
In 2018, New Year’s Day is celebrated on Monday, January 1st. New Year’s Day always falls on the first day of January every year. However, it can fall on any day of the week.
When Do We Celebrate New Year’s Day?
New Year’s Day is celebrated each year on the first day of January. It is the first day of the Gregorian calendar.
Why Do We Celebrate New Year’s Day?
Celebrating the New Year dates back to ancient times, with the first known mention dating to 2000 BC in Mesopotamia. It was first set to match the spring equinox which happens in mid to late March.
The ancient Romans used a 10-month calendar and set the New Year to begin on the first day of the month of March. March 1st remained the Roman New Year until the second century BC. At that time, the Romans added a couple of more months to their calendar, January and February. They were originally placed at the end of the year, but for an unknown reason, got moved to the beginning of the year. That is when January 1st became the Roman New Year.
January 1st remained the date in the Roman Empire until the 6th century AD. At that time, the Catholic Church abolished that date as the New Year because of its pagan origin. For the next thousand years, the date varied based on what the Church designated as the official date.
Pope Gregory XIII again fixed the date on January 1st in 1582, as part of a larger reform of the liturgical calendar. That is why New Years is celebrated at the beginning of January in countries with a Christian tradition to this day.
New Year’s tradition vary greatly. They generally involve reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the new.
New Year’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, though some nations celebrate it on different dates. Chinese New Year, for example, usually falls between January 20th and February 20th. In Thailand, it can falls on April 13th or 14th.