New Year's Day in USA in 2021

New Year's Day in USA in 2021

  How long until New Year's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 96 days.
  Dates of New Year's Day in USA
2022 USA Sat, Jan 1 Federal Holiday
2021 Jan 1, Dec 31
USAFri, Dec 31Federal Holiday (in lieu)
USAFri, Jan 1Federal Holiday
2020 USA Wed, Jan 1 Federal Holiday
2019 USA Tue, Jan 1 Federal Holiday
2018 USA Mon, Jan 1 Federal Holiday
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
  Which regions observe New Year's Day in 2021?
  USAJan 1Federal Holiday
  USADec 31Federal Holiday (in lieu)
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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.

For some parts of Europe, New Year's Day was determined by Easter, which meant a different New Year’s Day date every year.

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's Resolutions

Many people take the opportunity of the new year to make resolutions. According to a survey by ComRes, the most common New Year's resolutions included exercise more (38%), lose weight (33%) and eat more healthily (32%).

The tradition of setting New Year's resolutions began some 4,000 years ago with the ancient Babylonians, although for them the year began not in January but in mid-March on the first moon after the spring equinox. According to historians, returning that rusty rake you'd borrowed from your neighbour was top of the Babylonian resolution list, along with the timeless promise to pay off debts.

History of New Year's Day in America

By the mid-1800s, New Year’s Day had started to be recognized as a secular, legal holiday in states such as Connecticut and New York.

Pushed by the business community, on June 28th 1870, Congress passed a statute giving federal employees in Washington DC a day off on New Year’s Day. In 1885, congress extended this holiday to all federal employees.

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