Whoa! It's just a couple of months to the New Year's day, and most of us are already with the plans to celebrate it. Isn't it?
People who use the Gregorian calendar officially celebrate New Year on January 1. But this is not the case with Chinese, Jews, Ethiopians.
Yes, their New Year falls on some other days and the way they celebrate is completely different than others. Head on to the story to know more and yeah, Happy New Year in advance!
Cover image depicts New Year celebration in Peru. Credits: learningenglishwithmichelle blog
The date changes every year but generally falls between Jan 21-Feb 21. It depends on when the new moon of the first lunar month falls. The 15 days are celebrated as "Spring Festival."
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is celebrated on the first two days of the seventh month of Hebrew Calendar. It is a time when they look back and introspect the mistakes that they have committed. They eat apples dipped in honey as a sign of the sweet New Year.
Also known as Hijri New Year, it is celebrated on the first day of Muharram. Some special prayers are mumbled on this day, and the appearance of the moon is recorded in the mosques.
Also known as Songkran. It is celebrated from April 13-15. On this day they throw containers of the water. It is done in the hope that new year will bring good rains. The Buddha statues and images are cleaned for good luck and integrity.
It is celebrated on Sept 11 or Sept 12 in the case of leap year. It is also called Enkutatash which means "gift of Jewels". People celebrate this spring day with great enthusiasm by singing and dancing.
Many countries like the USA, UK, Spain, Italy, France mark January 1 as the national holiday.