New Year's Day in Spain in 2020

New Year's Day in Spain in 2020
  How long until New Year's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 107 days.
  Dates of New Year's Day in Spain
2021 Spain Fri, Jan 1 Public Holiday
2020 Spain Wed, Jan 1 Public Holiday
2019 Spain Tue, Jan 1 Public Holiday
2018 Spain Mon, Jan 1 Public Holiday
2017 Jan 1, Jan 2
AndalucíaMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
AragonMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
AsturiasMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
Balearic IslandsMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
CantabriaMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
Castile and LeónMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
CeutaMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
La RiojaMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
MelillaMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
MurciaMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
NavarraMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
SpainSun, Jan 1Public Holiday
  Summary
New Year's Day is a public holiday in all countries that observe the Gregorian calendar, with the exception of Israel
  New Year's Day in other countries
New Year's Day internationally
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New Year's Day in Spain


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 2nd January as an additional New Year holiday.

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

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 15th March 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 1st January 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 1 January as the New Year.

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

New Year's Day in Spain

In Spain, it is a custom to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. The 12 grapes represent the 12 months of the year and the custom is said to bring good luck.

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