Video Broadcast : #138
December 17, 2020
- New Year’s Eve on December 31
Bringing in the New Year (with celebration)
Dropping the Ball in Times Square in New York
- New Year on January 1
Holiday in some countries
- January is named as after Janus (Two faced God)
Symbolically, one face looks back at the outgoing year and another face looks at the incoming year
- In the early days, Burma celebrated January 1 as “Peasants’ Day“
- Later, Peasants’ Day was moved to March 2
- Old Roman Calendar starts with March.
- Persian New Year falls on or around March 21
“First Day of Spring” celebrations
- Myanmar celebrates “Thingyan” on or around April 13 for three (or sometimes four) days.
The Myanmar New Year falls Thingyan.
- Thailand celebrated “Songkram” (equivalent of Thingyan)
- Both words derive from Pali and Sanskrit words meaning “Change”.
- Cula Thingyan (Small Change) occurs every month when the Sun in the Geocentric model moves to another Zodiac Sign.
- Maha Thingyan (Big Change) occurs every year when the Sun has moved through all twelve signs.
- The Chinese celebrate Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year) around the end of January or the start of February.
- The Vietnamese celebrate Tet (equivalent of Chinese New Year)
- The festivities may last a week (or more)
- Karen New Year (Kayin Hnit Ku)
- Special events
New Year in 2000 (to usher the New Millennium)