History and origin of the New Year : New Year's Day, also known as New Year's Day, is the first day of the year. On our calendar it is January 1st.
On the evening of December 31, everyone gathers with family or friends to celebrate the new year. When the twelve strokes of midnight ring out, on the night of December 31 to January 1, everyone wishes each other a "Happy New Year and good health! "
Wake up every hour!
The world being divided into different time zones, not all countries are entering the New Year at the same time! Because if it is midnight and a minute in Paris, it is only 6pm and a minute in New York in the United States. So the people of New York are still in the old year! So every hour, it is necessarily midnight somewhere on earth!
Did you know that the beginning of the year wasn't always on January 1st?
In 46 BC, the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar decided that January 1 would be New Year's Day. The Romans dedicated this day to Janus, the god of gates and beginnings. Moreover, the month of January owes its name to the god Janus. It had two sides, one facing forward (the future) and the other facing backward (the past).
Under Charlemagne, the year began at Christmas on December 25. In the time of the Capetian kings, the year began on Easter day. It was only in 1622 that the New Year was again set for 1 January. A measure taken by the Pope that above all makes it possible to simplify the calendar of religious holidays.
Did you also know that in other countries the beginning of the year doesnt start on january 1st ?
For example, the Chinese celebrate the New Year between January 20 and February 18. To find out more, discover our mini-dossier on the Chinese New Year. For Tibetans, the New Year is celebrated, for 2009 for example, on February 25. But the date varies every year. In the Jewish religion, the new year "Roch Hana" is celebrated in September-October.