Today New Year's Day is the most celebrated holiday in the whole world. The fireworks light the sky at the stroke of midnight. Everyone is used to celebrate New Year's Day on January 1 and no one thinks why exactly this date was chosen for celebration.
It's interesting that earlier the new year began on March 1 with the first day of the spring. Julius Caesar decided to reform the calendar in 46 BC to rationalize it, but was subsequently murdered. The Roman Senate in 42 BC voted to honor the life of Caesar and his institutions of the new calendar and to deify him on January 1.
Every country has got its interesting traditions connected to celebration of New Year's Day. For example, in European countries the first day of the year is greeted with personal fireworks. The polar bear plunges are common for Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the United States.
In the USA January 1 is the traditional date for many college football bowl games. These post-season games are usually accompanied by parades and other activities to celebrate the event.Remind me with Google Calendar
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