January 1st, 2025

What Is the True Meaning of New Year?

New Year is widely considered to be January 1 at midnight, when the calendar year ends and the next year begins. The true meaning of the New Year varies per person.

Many people view New Year as the start of new beginnings. The day before (New Year's Eve on December 31) is a day to reflect on the year that has passed. It is a day to celebrate everything achieved in the previous year and the start of another year of life beginning.

For many, the New Year's Day countdown is a joyous occasion to celebrate with family, friends, and spouses.

Why Do We Celebrate New Year?

The reason people celebrate New Year is because it marks the end of one thing and the start of another. In the New Year's Eve countdown, many people make New Year's Resolutions.

Resolutions are tasks, goals, or objectives people want to do, start, or achieve in the year ahead. Many people look forward to the New Year's Eve countdown so they can leave the year behind and start achieving new goals.

To celebrate the new year, many people partake in a live countdown to 2023 (or the new year beginning). They also spend time with friends, family, or other halves.

Celebrations include hosting parties, letting off fireworks, toasting with alcohol, kissing partners, and/or using confetti poppers.

Why Is Jan 1 the New Year?

January is the first month of the New Year in the Gregorian calendar. This is used everywhere around the world in business and daily life. It contains 12 months from January to December.

Many people follow other calendars, like the Chinese Calendar (also known as the Lunar Calendar) for personal, cultural, or religious reasons.

January 1 is considered the first day of the New Year because of Julius Caesar. January was chosen as the start of the New Year to honor the God the month is named after. This is Janus, the Roman God of beginnings.

His two faces enabled him to look back into the past and into the future at the same time. This is symbolic of the New Year and January 1, when you are leaving the old year behind and going into the new one.

What Country Gets New Year First?

Several countries welcome the New Year (or January 1) before the rest of the world. The first countries include the small Pacific islands of Tonga, Kiribati (also known as Christmas Island), and Samoa.

The next country to celebrate the New Year is New Zealand.

The last countries in the world to celebrate the New Year are two uninhabited islands, Howland Island and Baker Island. These are close to the United States. The last habited country to celebrate the New Year is Hawaii.

The next three places in line to celebrate the New Year last (before Hawaii and the Howland and Baker Islands) are Alaska, New York, and Canada.

How Does USA Celebrate New Year's?

Americans celebrate the New Year countdown similarly to many other countries around the world. Major cities, like New York, Miami, and Las Vegas, hold significant street parties and firework shows to mark the event.

People across the states gather with family and friends for meals or parties to celebrate the New Year. Most people will mark the strike of midnight with a toast, a song, or a kiss with their partners.

How Many Days Until 2025?

There are days until 2025.