New Year's Day in United Kingdom in 2020

New Year's Day in United Kingdom in 2020
  How long until New Year's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 136 days.
  Dates of New Year's Day in United Kingdom
2021 United Kingdom Fri, Jan 1Bank Holiday
2020 United Kingdom Wed, Jan 1Bank Holiday
2019 United Kingdom Tue, Jan 1Bank Holiday
2018 United Kingdom Mon, Jan 1Bank Holiday
2017 Jan 1, Jan 2, Jan 3
ScotlandTue, Jan 3Regional Holiday
EnglandMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
Northern IrelandMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
WalesMon, Jan 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
United KingdomSun, Jan 1Bank 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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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 the UK

New Year's Day did not become a bank holiday in England until 1 January 1974.

Hogmanay, is the Scots word for the last day of the new year. The origins of Hogmanay are unclear, but it may be derived from Norse and Gaelic observances.

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