NEW YEARS DAY • Around The world
Now, the Georgian calendar might be the most popular and most referenced when it comes to Christmas and New Year but different cultures from around the world have different days for the start of the New Year which follow the Solar, Lunar and other Calendars instead.
SEOLLAL • KOREAN NEW YEAR
16 February 2018
This New Year is celebrated with a 3 day holiday. Families give thanks to the year that went by and colourful attire called Hanbok is worn on this day to celebrate.
NYEPI • BALINESE NEW YEAR
17-18 March 2018
The Balinese New Year marks the first day of the Lunar based Saka calendar in the Balinese and Javanese cultures. This is a day of self-reflection and rest. Most places are closed on Nyepi, except hospitals and most celebrations are held on the eve of Nyepi with large fire rituals around the city.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
16 February 2018
This is also known as The Spring Festival or Lunar New Year. It signifies the beginning of the Spring harvest season. To celebrate, red envelopes filled with money are exchanged between family and friends, egg-filled moon cakes are served while colourful dragons and lanterns are displayed all over.
NOWRUZ • IRANIAN NEW YEAR
21 March 2018
This day also marks the beginning of Spring and is celebrated in Zoroastrian and Baha'i communities. Nowruz is celebrated with trumpets, coloured eggs and pots of sprouting grains which signifies growth. Bowls of Ash-e Reshtesh noodle soup are served and most people take time for a good Spring cleaning.
UGAADHI • TELEGU AND KANNADA NEW YEAR
18 March 2018
This New Years day is celebrated in Southern Indian states of Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is celebrated with sweets, Ugaadhi Pachadi snacks (mango sweet and sour chutney) fireworks and new clothes as well as other traditional New Years festivities.
ALUTH AVURUDDA • SINHALESE NEW YEAR
13 or 14 April 2018
This is widely celebrated in Sri Lanka and also marks the end of the harvest season. People in Sri Lanka celebrate this New Years day by opening up their front doors to encourage and welcome family, friends and even strangers to visit. Small oil cakes called Kevum are prepared and shared as well as a number of tropical plantain dishes.
DIWALI • MARWARI AND GUJARATI NEW YEAR
Falls between October - November
Diwali, popularly known as the Festival of Lights in India, it is also New Years day for Marwari and Gujarati communities in North India. This day is celebrated by giving thanks to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
PUTHANDU • TAMIL NEW YEAR
14 April 2018
This follows the Solar Calendar and is a New Years day celebrated predominately in the South Indian state of Tamil, Nadu in Sri Lanka and other Tamil diasporas in Malaysia and Singapore. It is celebrated with new clothes, music, sweets and rice flour Kolams and street art displayed at the front of homes.
ROSH HASHANAH • JEWISH NEW YEAR
9-11 September 2018
This is a 2-day holiday and commemorates the end of the seven days of creation from the Book of Genesis. There are several festivals and rituals both public and personal.
Honey and apple are common additives in food during this time, as sweetness signifies positivity and all good fortune in Jewish tradition.
HIJRAH • ISLAMIC NEW YEAR
Starts evening of 11 September ends evening of 12 September 2018
This marks the day of Muharram, the first month of the muslim calendar. This New Years day celebrates the emigration of the Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him) from Mecca to Madinah, also known as Hijra. This is a unique New Years day, as it is ushered by the first sighting of the moon, as each day begins at sunset according to the Islamic Calendar.
ABORIGINAL MURADOR NEW YEAR
The Murador people, found in Western Australia, are an extinct tribe with a culture that lives on in artefacts and books. This New Years day marked a time for friendship, reconciliation and giving thanks for the previous year.
SONGKRAN • THAI NEW YEAR
13-15 April 2018
On this day, a main activity is throwing of water using obtainers, water guns, garden hoses or other objects to soak each other with as water in Thai culture, symbolises hope that it will bring good rainfall in the coming year. Another main occurrence is the cleansing of all Buddha statues and images, for good luck and prosperity for the New Year.
HOGMANAY • SCOTTISH NEW YEAR
1 January 2018
This is the traditional Scottish New Year celebration that is also on the 1st of January yearly. Hogmanay is the last day of the year and an array of celebrations are held, from street parties to candlelit concerts and so much more. Gifts are exchanged between family and friends who visit each other and special attention is also given to the frst visitor on New Years day as it is believed they bring good fortune for the coming year.
ENKUTATASH • ETHIOPIAN NEW YEAR
11 September 2018
Enkutatash meaning "Gift of Jewels" in English, is the first day of the New Year in Ethiopia. It is offen celebrated with dancing, singing and other activities. Traditional Ethiopian meals of Injera and Wat are served to family and friends while children gather daises and gift it around. Enkutatash is also traditionally associated with the return of Queen of Sheba to Ethiopia.
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Have a good celebration wherever you may be! Here's to 2018 •