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New Year's Day

A time for making plans for a new and prosperous year.

In most western cultures, each new year begins on January 1st which is celebrated as a holiday. This date is based on the modern Gregorian calendar and the Julian calendar that was enacted by Julius Caesar around 46 BC in ancient Rome.

The celebration of the new year is one of the oldest holidays on record. It was observed by the Babylonians over 4000 years ago and has been celebrated continually even though the actual date has changed from time to time.

There are other dates observed as the first day of the new year by countries, regions, and cultures around the world. The Chinese New Year is observed between January 17 and February 19. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated in Autumn. In India, New Year's Day is celebrated at different times of year based on calculations of the movements of the sun and moon.

New Year's day culminates the holiday season which starts at Thanksgiving and goes through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve. The holidays also include mega shopping days such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, with after Christmas and year end sales.

Most companies give New Years Day off as a holiday to employees. Most federal, state, and city offices are closed but certain organizations such as the police department, fire and rescue, the military, and most hospitals remain staffed because they serve and protect the public.

For many people who are off on New Year's Day, it's a time for relaxation before having to go back to work after the holiday season. They use this day for making plans and resolutions for what they want to accomplish in the days and months ahead.

Most resolutions are made for upgrading the quality of life such as starting a business, getting a new job, quitting smoking and/or drinking, eating healthier, exercising more, or losing weight. Other resolutions are made based on building better personal or family relationships, traveling, making new friends, or doing other meaningful things that will improve the way you feel and live.

There are the usual parties, get together's, and planned events for New Year's Eve and New Year's day. Many people host social gatherings with family and friends to celebrate the day while cooking and eating special meals which have become a yearly custom in some families.

Parades are a big part of celebrating New Year's Day. The Tournament of Roses Parade, better known as the Rose Parade, in Pasadena, CA, the London Parade in London, England, and the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, PA are big city events on New Year's Day. There are also sporting events such as football and basketball games played on New Year's day.

New Years Day hold significant meaning to people all over the world. Different cultures eat certain foods for good luck, give gifts and presents, say special prayers, reflect on the past year, and make plans for the future.

 

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