In most parts of the world, December 31st is celebrated as “New Year’s Eve“. In the Times Square in New York, many tourists wait for the count down to the New Year.
January 1st is celebrated as the start of the “New Year“. For many, it is a holiday.
In the early days, Burma celebrated January 1st as “Peasants’ Day“. It was a holiday.
The Revolutionary Council staged a Coup D’etat on March 2, 1962. The MaSaLa government moved “Peasants’ Day” to March 2nd.
Saya U Than Lwin (Eric Lwin, my cousin uncle, GBNF) celebrated his birthday on January 1st.
For several years, U Ye Than (Winner Inn, son of my cousin brother Sayagyi U Ba Than) has celebrated his birthday on January 1st with a “Soon Kwyay”.