Category Archives: Traditional Holidays

January 1st 2014: New Year’s Day


January 1 is the first day of the both the Gregorian an Julian Calendars. It marks another completed orbit around our Sun and  the seasons that came with it. It’s also the most widely celebrated holiday around the world. Does its noteworthiness really need pointing out?

2014 Calendar by Daniel Moyle
2014 Calendar by Daniel Moyle.
Used under a CC-BY 2.0 licence (thanks Daniel!)


As you probably already know, dear reader, the traditional way to celebrate the new year is to countdown to midnight on New Year’s Eve as part of a New Year’s party. Optional traditions include:

  • Fireworks at the stroke of midnight
  • Champagne
  • Kissing a willing somebody nearby
Sydney New Year Fireworks
Photo by Rob Chandler.
Used under a CC-BY 2.0 licence (thanks Rob!)

But these are also fairly Westernised traditions, so feel free to stick with whatever is more local to you. I personally am a fan of the Japanese tradition of having not one, but three days off for New Year! You can also check out this series of blog posts of New Year traditions around the world.

The New Year is also traditionally about making resolutions to be achieved before the next New Year. Though not an official tradition, it is also common to break these resolutions within a few days.

Many holidays revolving around the resolution tradition have appeared over the years. A few can be found here on Days of Note.



Chase’s Calendar of Events 2014, p. 65, 68