Is New Year’s Day the Same All Over the World?
It is one of the oldest and gayest customs to welcome and celebrate the New Year all overthe world. Perhaps, no other festival is observed on so many different dates and in different ways.
As per the tradition prevalent amongst the ancient Greeks, the new year began with the new moon after June 21. Prior to the period of Julius Caesar, the Roman new year started on 1st March every year. During the Middle Age, in Europe, the new year began on March 25.
Today in most of the Christian Countries, the new year begins on 1st January and the other on the New Year’s day reckoned according to the Chinese lunar calendar. This may fall at any time between 21st January and 19th February.
As regards Indonesia they also have two New Year celebrations. One on January 1 and another on the Islamic New Year. The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the New Year on January 14 as per the Julian Calendar.
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated at the time of the equinox equinox at the end of September or the first week of October. As far as Vietnam is concerned, the New Year generally begins in February.
As regards Iran, they celebrate New Year’s Day on 21st March every year. As far as India is concerned, it is purely a matterof tradition prevalent amongst religious groups as to when the New Year his to be celebrated. One Hindu New Year comes sometime in the month of April or May.
In Morocco, the people celebrate New Year after ten days of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic Year. The Koreans observe the beginning of their New Year during the first three days in January.
The practice of sending New Year’s Cards is prevalent amongst the people from the very beginning. The Chinese have been adopting this custom for the last thousand years. Their cards bear the name of the visitor concerned who came to call, but no greeting or message whatsoever is written on it.