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Why does the new year begin on January 1?


  • Why does the new year begin on January 1?

    This is why we should always look up and study why we do what we do.
    New Year's Day is a civil event. Its date isn't precisely fixed by any natural seasonal marker.

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      The Ancient Origins of New Year’s Celebrations

      On the 1 st January of every year, many countries around the world celebrate the beginning of a new year. But there is nothing new about New Year’s. In fact, festivals and celebrations marking the beginning of the calendar have been around for thousands of years. While some festivities were simply a chance to drink and be merry, many other New Year celebrations were linked to agricultural or astronomical events. In Egypt, for instance, the year began with the annual flooding of the Nile, which coincided with the rising of the star Sirius. The Phoenicians and Persians began their new year with the spring equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice. The first day of the Chinese New Year, meanwhile, occurred with the second new moon after the winter solstice.
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