When is New Year's Day and how is it celebrated?
New Year's Day is the first day of the year (based upon the Gregorian calendar). Falling on January 1st every year it is generally viewed as a day to celebrate new beginnings and fresh starts.
Whilst the majority of countries celebrate New Years Day on the same date, January 1st on the Julian calendar actually corresponds to January 14th on the Gregorian calendar, and therefore some of the Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the New Year on this date instead.
In all of the countries that use the Gregorian calendar as their primary calendar (with the exception of Israel) New Year's Day is a public holiday, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts.
Many people make 'New Year's Resolutions' which they hope to fulfill during the course of the new year, in the West the most popular resolutions include quitting smoking, drinking less alcohol, losing weight, getting fit and saving money.
In many countries cards are sent to celebrate the arrival of the new year and you can now create your own special New Year's greetings too. Just visit us online to add your own special photos, messages or poems to our personalised New Year designs.