New Year's Day is the first day of a new year, celebrated by all
cultures that measure time by annual calendars.
The first day of the year on the Gregorian calendar, used by most
countries, is the first day of January.
New Year's Eve
In the hours leading up to midnight and the dawning of the new year,
much partying and celebration will occur, including the tradition of
dropping objects from tall buildings to mark the moment. As
the Times Square Ball is falling on New Year's Eve an orange will be
let loose in Orlando, Florida and a peach will plummet in Atlanta,
Georgia. An hour later, watch out for cheese and carp coming down in
Wisconsin. And then, even later, a plunging potato in Boise, Idaho.
Look for our calendar of these and other drops with Food Festivals.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, which still follows the Julian
calendar, the New Year falls on January 14. In countries
where Eastern Orthodoxy predominates, both Gregorian and Julian New
Year holidays may be celebrated, with January 1 celebrated as a civic
holiday and January 14 celebrated as "Old New Year", a religious
holiday. Eastern Orthodox churches of Georgia, Jerusalem, Russia, the
Republic of Macedonia and Serbia still use the Julian Calendar.
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Also known as the Lunar New Year, the Chinese New Year
occurs on the new moon of the first lunar month, about four to
eight weeks before spring. The date on the Gregorian Calendar
can fall anytime between January 21 and February 21. Each year is
symbolized by one of 12 animals and one of five elements, with the
combination of animals and elements cycling every 60 years. It is the
most important Chinese celebration of the year.
Change the Calendar
After more than 400 years, it may be time to turn the page on the
Using comAs the Times Square Ball is falling on New Year's Eve an
orange will be let loose in Orlando, Florida and a peach will plummet
in Atlanta, Georgia. An hour later, watch out for cheese and carp
coming down in Wisconsin. And then, even later, a plunging potato in
http://www.farmersmarketonline.com/holiday/FoodFestivals.htmlputer programs and mathematical formulas, astrophysicist
Richard Conn Henry and economist Steve H. Hanke at The Johns Hopkins
University have created a new calendar in which each new 12-month
period is identical to the one which came before, and remains
that way from one year to the next in perpetuity.
On the calendar they have developed, Christmas and New Years would
occur on Sundays every year, as they were in 2011.
Continued Out There
Year's Charm: Daruma
Daruma dolls are
traditional New Year's charms popular throughout Japan, highly regarded
as a talisman of good luck.
Made of porcelain, cold cast resin or papier-mache, the dolls are
typically red and depict a bearded man (Dharma) with the eyes
unpainted. Recipients of these dolls paint in one
pupil while making a wish, and the other when it comes true.
Reputedly modeled after the 5th-century monk Bodhidharma, the founder
of the Zen sect of Buddhism, Daruma dolls were first made at the
Shorinzan Darumaji temple in the mid-18th century as a figure to
petition with one's wish.
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