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New Year around the world

Dec 29, 2021

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It seems that the human race has always recognised the significance of the new year, with early settlers celebrating mother nature and the earth’s varying cycles, celebrating the lengthening of days, the ‘rebirth’ of the sun and the thriving of crops once again after a long, dark winter. As time progressed and with the establishment of the Julian calendar, January 1st was eventually coined as the ‘first’ day of the year rather than the arrival of spring in March. Although this date is the most widely accepted around the world, a minority of other cultures have their own calendrical conventions and as such celebrate New Year on a different day. Fast forward to modern-day and the new year is still widely celebrated the world over, with celebrations revolving around leaving the past behind and looking forward to a clean slate; a chance to break bad habits and achieve new goals.

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The home plays an important role in many countries’ New Year’s traditions, which can involve everything from intense cleaning sessions to inviting special guests. Regardless of how it’s done, home is where many people celebrate New Year’s Eve and Day.