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Happy New Year!

New Year's Day is celebrated January 1st in most countries that follow the Gregorian calendar. Countries like China and Israel that follow a different calendar system have their New Year's celebrations on other dates.

New Year's was mostly celebrated March 1st on the old Roman calendar. In 153 BC, the celebration was moved to January 1st because that was the date that Roman consuls, after whom years were named and numbered, were selected.

New Year's day is usually a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year. Some people choose this time to set goals and resolutions for the coming year. If you want to share some of your new year's resolutions with us, please visit our new year's resolution's mosaic.

New Year's Traditions Around the World

  • Fireworks are a common feature of New Year's Eve celebrations.
  • The traditional ball drop and count down of the last few seconds to the new year takes place in Times Square, New York as well as Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.
  • Some people that live in the northern hemisphere follow a tradition of plunging into cold water on New Years Day!
  • In South Korea, people travel to Jung dong jin on New Year's Day -- the place where the sun first appears on the Korean peninsula.
  • In the Netherlands and other European countries, the new year is ushered in with large private fireworks and some of these countries have a tradition of making bonfires using discarded Christmas trees.
  • Some European countries welcome the New Year by making bonfires of discarded Christmas trees.

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