New Year's Day in Japan in 2020

New Year's Day in Japan in 2020
Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks at Odaiba. Image by Manish Prabhune , via Flickr
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2021 Japan Fri, Jan 1 National Holiday
2020 Japan Wed, Jan 1 National Holiday
2019 Japan Tue, Jan 1 National Holiday
2018 Japan Mon, Jan 1 National Holiday
2017 Japan Sun, Jan 1 National Holiday
New Year's Day is a public holiday in all countries that observe the Gregorian calendar, with the exception of Israel
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When is New Year's Day?

New Year's Day is the first day of the year, in the Gregorian calendar, and falls exactly one week after the Christmas Day of the previous year.

New Year's Day is a public holiday in all countries that observe the Gregorian calendar, with the exception of Israel. This makes it the world's most widely observed public holiday.

Some countries may also have January 2nd as an additional New Year holiday.

Countries who still use the Julian Calendar observe New Year's Day on January 14th.

Who is working on January 1st?

It is traditionally celebrated with firework displays across the globe at 00:00 in the local time zones.

History of New Year's Day

New Year's Day was originally observed on March 15th in the old Roman Calendar. When January and February were added during one of the many attempts to clean up the calendar, they were actually added to the end of the year.

The start of the year was fixed at January 1st in 153 BCE, by two Roman consuls. The month was named Janus after the name of the Roman god of doors and gates. Janus had two faces, one facing forward and one looking back, a fitting name for the month at the start of the year.

During the Middle Ages, a number of different Christian feast dates were used to mark the New Year, though calendars often continued to display the months in columns running from January to December in the Roman fashion.

It wasn't until 1582 when the Roman Catholic Church officially adopted January 1st as the New Year.

Most countries in Western Europe had officially adopted January 1st as New Year's Day even before they adopted the Gregorian calendar.

New Year in Japan

Families gather to see in the new year and businesses shut down from January 1st to January 3rd. People throw bōnenkai drinking parties (“forgetting parties”) which began in 15th century Japan and symbolise leaving last year’s problems behind and making a fresh start.

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