It is also the most important celebration for families and a week of an official public holiday. China's public holiday will be January 24—30, The important dates during the period of Chinese New Year :.
Early New Year’s Celebrations
When is New Year's Day 2021?
With the holiday season coming to an end, it's tempting to spend New Year's Day horizontal on the couch, letting the January blues get you down. While we totally get that after a whirlwind month of holiday chaos not to mention a fun New Year's Eve party , you might want to do nothing, or are feeling unsure of what's to come in —but resist the urge to feel down and let the post-holiday blues get the best of you. It's a new year with endless opportunities for new beginnings—hence, our best things to do on New Year's Day, below. Whether you're reflecting on the past year's blessings with family, continuing the party with a traditional New Year's Day lunch , or getting some fresh air and exercise, don't miss the opportunity to celebrate the arrival of It's the perfect time to start your resolutions, whether that's picking up a book you've been meaning to read, or go to a grocery store open on New Year's Day and pick up some nutritious options for your work lunches. You can also just take the time to clean out your closet, watch a New Year's movie , or take a luxurious soak in the tub for some "me time. No matter what option you choose, you can't go wrong. And sometimes, the best thing to do on New Year's Day is do nothing at all—as long as you enjoy it!
New Year’s Day Holiday History
Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox—the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness—heralded the start of a new year. They marked the occasion with a massive religious festival called Akitu derived from the Sumerian word for barley, which was cut in the spring that involved a different ritual on each of its 11 days. Throughout antiquity, civilizations around the world developed increasingly sophisticated calendars, typically pinning the first day of the year to an agricultural or astronomical event. In Egypt, for instance, the year began with the annual flooding of the Nile, which coincided with the rising of the star Sirius. The first day of the Chinese new year, meanwhile, occurred with the second new moon after the winter solstice.
New Year's Day , also simply called New Year , is observed on 1 January , the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. In pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar , the day was dedicated to Janus , god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is also named. In present day, with most countries now using the Gregorian calendar as their de facto calendar, New Year's Day is among the most celebrated public holidays in the world, often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone. Other global New Year's Day traditions include making New Year's resolutions and calling one's friends and family. The calendar had just 10 months, beginning with March. That the new year once began with the month of March is still reflected in some of the names of the months.