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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.
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.
New Year in Paris, France: This is one of the most colorful and exciting places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The Champs-Elysees is the site of the city’s largest gathering on New Year’s Eve in Paris.
New Year in London, United Kingdom: Whether you’re a local or just visiting for the holidays, New Year’s Eve in London is one of the best places in the world to be for New Year celebrations.
New Year in Berlin, Germany: This is one of Europe’s biggest street parties on New Year’s Eve. It is celebrated between Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column in Berlin. About one million people await the beginning of the new year.
New Year’s Eve in Moscow: In Russia’s beautiful capital city, it is one of those destinations that truly makes the perfect winter holiday destination thanks to the snowy weather which guarantees a “winter wonderland” atmosphere.
New Year in Istanbul, Turkey: Millions of people celebrate the New Year’s Eve in Istanbul in the streets of Taksim and other parts of this city. You can even book a cruise along the Bosphorus and watch the celebrations from afar and sure you will have one of the best views for the amazing fireworks at midnight.