New Year’s Day is one of the oldest holidays and most celebrated days in the history, since thousands of years ago. And it falls on 1stJanuary according to Gregorian and Julian calendar. However, 1stJanuary was not always celebrated as the New Year’s Day in the olden days. There were many different days and dates on which people would celebrate the New Year’s Day like 1 March, 25 March, Easter, 1 September, and 25 December in accordance to authority and locale. But, these New Year’s Day were more or less regressed to using 1st January after people started adopting Gregorian calendar as their de facto calendar sometime in the beginning of 1582.
The New Year’s day was also celebrated for different purposes on different periods, for example during pre-Christian Rome under Julian calendar the New Year’s Day was celebrated in dedication to Janus the god of gateways and beginnings. And in the modern Gregorian calendar of Christendom 1st January was celebrated as the Feast of Naming and Circumcision of Jesus.
However, around the globe those countries who follow Gregorian calendar of Christendom as their de facto calendar, observe 1st January more of as a Public Holiday and a day where family, relatives, friends and all the well-wishers come together to welcome the New Year and bid farewell to the passing year. They pray and wish for a very happy, healthy and peaceful year to everyone. Various display of fireworks and count down for the New Year’s Day is very common through the globe.
In Bhutan, we have recently started to celebrate this day in accordance to Gregorian calendar although it is not observed officially and no holiday is given, since we follow our own Bhutanese Lunar calendar as the de facto national calendar. But, since the advent of Television in our country in 1999, people started observing it as a special day personally, whereby they wish one another good wishes and prayers and mostly associate it to going night-out with friends and families as they do in the modern times, throughout the world. Count down for the next new day is also done.
And although, we have our own New Year’s day, which normally falls sometime in February according to our Bhutanese Lunar Calendar. I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and may it bring in loads of happiness, health, wealth and peace to you and your family and to the entire universe.
Happy New Year!!!!!