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Sunday, 31st December 2006

Fast Facts: Saying “Happy New Year!” Around the World, A History of the New Year, New Year Traditions & Celebrations

A History of the New Year

The celebration of the new year on January 1st is a relatively new phenomenon. The earliest recording of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. A variety of other dates tied to the seasons were also used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice.

See Also: New Year's Traditions and Other Customs

See Also: Saying “Happy New Year!” Around the World

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Source: Infoplease.com


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