Most nations of Western Europe officially adopted 1 January as New Year’s Day.
New Year’s Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian and Julian calendars. During the pre-Christian Rome, the day was dedicated to Janus, the god of gateways and beginnings.
New Year's Day 2021 Date
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The early Roman calendar designated March 1 as the new year. The calendar had just ten months, beginning in March. That the new year once began with the month of March is still reflected in some of the names of the months.
The New Year was first celebrated on January 1 in Rome in 153 BC. In was the day new consuls in Rome took office and Romans had commonly used the name of the two consuls to identify a year.
Most nations of Western Europe officially adopted 1 January as New Year’s Day somewhat before they adopted the Gregorian Calendar.
New Year’s Eve is the last day of the year which occurs on December 31 six days after Christmas Day. New Year’s Eve is often celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, drink alcohol and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year.
New Year’s Eve in Europe
In most European countries, the New Year is greeted with private fireworks as well.