- January 1 is usually accepted as “New Year’s Day”.
- Some countries celebrate it as a holiday.
- December 31 is “New Year’s Eve”.
- Some sing “Auld Lang Syne” to usher in the New Year.
- The old Roman Calendar has only 10 months starting with March
So, March signified the New Year
- Some civilizations celebrate Vernal equinox or First Day of Spring
e.g. Persian New Year
So, the New Year will fall around 20th – 22nd March
Lunar New Year
- Falls around end of January or beginning of February
- Celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese
Luni-solar New Year
- Falls in mid-April
- Celebrated by Burmese / Myanmar, Thai, Cambodia, Laos
- Burmese New Year follows Thingyan (which means change)
Maha Thingyan means Great Change (from one year to the next).
Cula Thingyan means Small Change (from one month/yathi to another month/yathi)
- 3 or 4 days of Thingyan (also known as Water Throwing Festival)
- New Year of the indigenous people
e.g. Karen New Year