New Delhi: As one year comes to a conclusion, we look forward to the New Year with great anticipation. Around the world, many nations observe January 1 as the start of a new year, and on December 31, people gather with friends and family to celebrate the happy event.
History of New Year: What is the significance of celebrating January 1?
Back in 45 BCE, January 1 became officially recognised as the start of a new year. Prior to then, there were 355 days in the Roman calendar, which started in March. When Julius Caesar became the dictator of Rome, he changed the Calendar. He established January 1 as the first day of the year in part as a tribute to Janus, the Roman deity of beginnings.
With the rise of Christianity, December 25—the day of Jesus’ birth—became acceptable and January 1—the start of a new year—was recognised as heathen. It didn’t gain widespread acceptance until Pope Gregory revised the Julian calendar and declared January 1 to be the first day of a new year.
New Year celebrations across globe
In many countries around the world, New Year’s is traditionally observed as a festival or holiday. As part of celebrations and traditions, many people attend events, light off fireworks, and exchange gifts and greetings with close friends and family members.
After two years of restrained celebrations with Covid-19 guidelines, people in India are eager to welcome 2023 without limits. Most people’s plans for the new year appear set, from hosting parties to taking trips. The tinsel town’s celebrities, meanwhile, are getting ready to ring in the new year and have left for far-flung destinations.
On the other hand, you can definitely set up a wonderful night in if you want to ring in the new year in comfort and would like to stay home on the festivities‘ eve.