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New Year's Day
- Created 2012-03-16
New Year's Day
is observed on
, the first day of the year on the modern
as well as the
used in the
since 45 BC. Romans originally dedicated New Year's Day to
, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings for whom the first month of the year (
) is named. Later, as a date in the Gregorian calendar of
, New Year's Day liturgically marked the
Feast of the Circumcision of Christ
, and is still observed as such in the
. In present day, with most countries now using the Gregorian calendar as their
calendar, New Year's Day is probably the world's most celebrated public
, often observed with
at the stroke of
as the new year starts in each time zone.
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