27 Dec, 2022
By FactsWow Team
According to the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Day occurs one week after Christmas Day of the previous year.
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The New Year is the most widely observed public holiday worldwide, except for Israel, which does not observe the Gregorian calendar.
In countries that still use the Julian Calendar, New Year's Day is observed on January 14. Some countries also observe New Year's Day on January 2.
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We are so accustomed to celebrating the new year on January 1 that it might surprise us to learn that it is a relatively modern tradition.
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In 509 BC, the Roman Republic was established, with two consuls elected each year. From 222 BC, the consuls assumed office on March 15 of the following year.
As of 153 BC, consuls assumed power on January 1, marking the beginning of both the calendar year and the consular year.
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January and February were added at the end of the year during one of the many attempts to keep the calendar clean.
At the beginning of the year, Janus was a fitting name because the god of doors and gates had two faces, one forward and one backward.
The popular celebration of New Year was still held during the traditional springtime opening of the growing season.
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Christians celebrated the New Year in various ways in the Middle Ages, with calendars often showing the months in Roman columns from January to December.
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Outside of the Royal Court, people should have paid more attention in the 11th century to William the Conqueror's decree about the start of the year in England.
Credits: The Hollywood Reporter
The Gregorian calendar was adopted by most Western European countries before January 1 was officially designated as New Year's Day.
Credits: Business Insider
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