1st of January is coming and I believe everyone has planned to begin this New Year with a bang but do you know that not everyone celebrate 1st of January as New Year’s Day.
Although most of us who follow western culture, celebrate New Year on first official day of Georgian calendar but there are many other New Year celebrations on different dates in the world.
1. Chinese New Year (8th February 2016)
In 2016 China will celebrate New year from February 7 to 13, 2016. Every year between Jan. 21 – Feb. 21, Chinese New Year is celebrated depending on the first day of Chinese Lunar calendar i.e. when the new moon of the first lunar month falls.. This is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and is known as “Spring Festival.” This year it is the Year of the Monkey, For people born in a year of the monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004), 2016 is considered a bad year.
2. Jewish New Year (2nd October ~ 4th October, 2016)
The festival of Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year is celebrated in autumn on the first two days of the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar beginning on 1 Tishrej, the first day of the Jewish Year. It is considered as the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first humans in God’s world. At this time Jews look back at their mistakes over the past year and plan changes for the one ahead.
The holiday is marked with the eating of apples dipped in honey as a symbol for for a sweet new year. Most often the day is spent in a synagogue (Jewish house of prayer), as it is one of the holiest days of the year.
3. Islamic New Year (1st October ~ 2nd October, 2016)
The Islamic New Year or the Hijri New Year commemorates Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina. This day is celebrated on the first day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. Special prayers are said and the appearance of the new moon is recorded in mosques.
4. Thai New Year (13th April ~ 15th April, 2016)
The Thai New Year or the Songkran is the biggest water festival celebrated in Thailand. Thais throw containers of water, use water guns, and even garden hoses to soak each other same as the festival of HOLI celebrated in India every year. The water is considered a symbol of hope that it will bring good rains in the new year. All Buddha statues and images are also cleansed for good luck and prosperity.
5. Ethiopian New Year (11 September 2016)
It is called Enkutatash, meaning the “gift of jewels.” It occurs on Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar, at the end of the big rains. It has also been associated traditionally with the return of the Queen of Sheba to Ethiopia following her visit to King Solomon in Jerusalem in ca. 980 BC. People celebrate this spring festival with dancing, singing and Holy prayers.