New Year's Day is one of the festivals of happiness, which is celebrated on 1 January according to the modern Gregorian calendar.
New Year’s Day is a happy occasion, which is celebrated annually on January 1 in accordance with the modern Gregorian calendar. Across the world, people commemorate the occasion with their family members and friends, wishing them good luck and best wishes for another year; in many places, there are massive gatherings.
People decorate their houses, have get-togethers, cook for their loved ones and even plan outings on this day. But, the question arises as to why we celebrate this day and consider it to be special.
According to history, the early Roman calendar was out of sync with the sun for years. So, in 46 BC, Roman dictator Julius Caesar tried to solve this problem and therefore approached astronomers and mathematicians.
Thus, he established the Julian calendar, similar to the current Gregorian calendar. Caesar declared January 1 the first day of the year to commemorate Janus, the Roman god of beginnings birthday.
Earlier, the Roman calendar used to start from March and had 355 days. But later, January 1 was temporarily replaced by Christian authorities in medieval Europe because they believed that December 25 (the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ) and March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation) held more religious significance than the first day of the year.
However, many parts of Europe only accepted the reformed calendar in the middle of the 16th century. After the arrival of Christianity, January 1 was seen as the beginning of the pagan new year and December 25 was accepted as the day of Jesus' birth.
Later in 1582, January 1 was accepted as the first day of the year when Pope Gregory XIII re-established the Julian calendar, and since then, it has been celebrated as the New Year around the world.
January 1 was celebrated as the first day of the year by Emperor Julius Caesar to mark the birthday of the Roman god Janus. Romans celebrate Janus' birthday by offering sacrifices, exchanging gifts, decorating homes with laurel branches, and organising wild festivals.
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