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New Year's Eve Dates From Around The World, 2017

Just as many of the world's different cultures have their own unique calendars, these calendars in turn often have their own unique start dates.

New Year day is a worldwide celebration mainly held on January 1st for countries that have adopted the Gregorian calendar. The day sometimes differs depending on various religions and cultures as well as the type of calendar used. The days also vary depending on the observation of seasons. Despite this, New Year celebrations all over the world are marked with festivities with people wearing new clothes, sharing with the needy and making a variety of delicacies for the celebration.

New Year's Eve Dates From Around The World In 2017

Gregorian

The Gregorian New Year is the most celebrated New Year internationally by countries that use the Gregorian calendar with celebrations beginning on the night of December 31st and continue into the New Year’s Day on January 1st.

Shōgatsu

Shōgatsu is the cultural New Year day in Japan celebrated since 1823 when Japan adopted the Gregorian calendar. The day was formerly celebrated based on the Chinese lunar calendar. The date will fall on January 1st in 2017.

Novy God

The Russians celebrated New Year on September 1st until the adoption of the Christian era in the 18th century. Novy God represents both the New Year and New Year Eve celebrations. The date for 2017 will be on January 1st.

Tết

Tết is a religious, cultural and national New Year celebration in Vietnam that falls on January or February. The day will be celebrated on January 28th, 2017 depending on the Vietnamese calendar.

Sōllal

Sōllal is a Korean New Year day that marks the beginning of every new Lunar Year based on the Korean lunar calendar. The day will be celebrated on January 28th, 2017.

Chūn jié

The day marks the New Year celebration in respect to the Chinese lunar calendar. Chūn jié is celebrated between January 21st and February 20th on the Gregorian calendar. The day will be celebrated on January 28th, 2017.

Tsagaan Sar

Tsagaan Sar is the Mongolian Lunar New Year day based on the Mongolian lunar calendar which will be celebrated on February 26th, 2017.

Hindu

Most of the Hindu regions celebrate New Year’s Day during the first day of the first Hindu month, Chaitra. According to the Gregorian calendar, New Year will be celebrated on March 28th, 2017.

Kha b’ Nissan

Kha b’ Nissan is the cultural Assyrian New Year day celebrated on April 1st at the beginning of spring.

Nowruz

Nowruz is a religious, ethnic and international Iranian new year day that is celebrated on March 20th or 21st every year.

Songkran

Songkran is Thailand’s New Year day that is celebrated for two days starting April 13th. The day marks the beginning of a year based on the Buddhist or Hindu solar calendar.

Aluth Avurudda

The Sri Lankans celebrate New Year on April 13 based on solar movement.

Vaisakhi

Vaisakhi is celebrated as the New Year day by the people of Pakistan on April 13th to mark the start of spring.

Choul Chnan Thmey

The day marks the beginning of the Cambodian year on April 13th with celebrations lasting for three days.

Enkutatash

Enkutatash is the Ethiopian New Year day celebrated on September 11th based on the Gregorian calendar.

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year celebrated on September 20th. The day marks the beginning of the new Jewish civil year.

Hijri

Hijri marks the New Year day based on the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims will celebrate the New Year on September 22nd, 2017.

Significance

While New Year is considered a secular celebration, it plays a significant role as the beginning of another year which for most people is a new start in their religious and secular lives.

New Year's Eve Dates From Around The World In 2017

New Year's Starts By Calendar or Culture 2017 Gregorian Date
Gregorian (Widely Recognized Internationally)
January 1st
Shōgatsu (Japan)
Novy God (Russia)
Tết (Vietnamese)
January 28th
Sŏllal (Korea)
Chūn jié (Chinese)
Tsagaan Sar (Mongolia) February 26th
Hindu (1st Day of Chaitra; much of India) March 28th
Kha b' Nisan (Assyrian) April 1st
Nowruz (Iranian) March 20th
Songkran (Thai)

April 13th
Aluth Avurudda (Sri Lanka)
Vaisakhi (Pakistan)
Choul Chnam Thmey (Cambodia)
Ethiopian September 11th
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) September 20th
Hijri (Islamic) September 22nd

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