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New Year 2023: ✔Festival Date, Significance, Celebration

Published Date: 09-Dec-2022

Celebrated every year on January 1st, New Year’s Day is a public holiday in most countries that follow the Gregorian Calendar. The festivities, though, begin a day before, on 31st December. It is a day for people to celebrate their achievements in the passing year, making peace with whatever went wrong and plan for the next twelvemonth. The new year brings with it hopes of a better future, allowing people to have a fresh start in life. This is why the New Year’s Day has become so significant for people across the world.

New Year History and Significance

The concept of celebrating the New Year first became popular in Mesopotamia around 2000 BC, but then it was celebrated during the spring Equinox in March. In 153 BC, a Roman council fixed January 1st as the date. After the Council of Tours put an end to the celebrations on 1st January in AD 567, the New Year was observed on different dates throughout history, including December 25th, March 1st, March 25th and on Easter. The Pagans of the Netherlands and Flanders started exchanging gifts on the occasion in the 7th century. January 1st was reinstated as New Year’s Day after the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.

New Year Celebrations across India

New Year 2020

New Year 2023

In every part of India, New Year is celebrated with much gaiety and fanfare. The major markets in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Jaipur are decorated with multi-coloured lights and other props. Concerts and other special events are organised at luxury hotels, nightclubs, large urban parks and performance venues. Many of these feature performances by famous DJs, bands and celebrities. A New Year countdown is a common feature at such events, helping build anticipation for the day’s arrival.

Other Festivals in India with Holiday Type

Festivals in India Day Date Holiday Type
Lohri Saturday 14 January Restricted
Makar Sankranti Saturday 14 January Restricted
Pongal Sunday 15 January Restricted
Basant Panchmi Thursday 26 January Restricted
Republic Day Thursday 26 January Public
Guru Ravidass Jayanti Sunday 5 February Restricted
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Wednesday 15 February Restricted
Mahashivratri Saturday 18 February Restricted
Losar Tuesday 21 February Restricted
Holi Wednesday 8 March Public
Ram Navami Thursday 30 March Restricted
Mahavir Jayanti Tuesday 4 April Restricted
Good Friday Friday 7 April Public
Easter Sunday 9 April Restricted
Vaisakhi Friday 14 April Restricted
Eid Ul Fitr Saturday 22 April Public
Buddha Purnima Friday 5th May Public
Rabindra Jayanti Tuesday 9 May Restricted
Rath Yatra Tuesday 20 June Restricted
Eid Al Adha Thursday 29 June Restricted
Muharram Saturday 29 July Public
Independence Day Tuesday 15 August Public
Parsi New Year Navroz Wednesday 16 August Restricted
Onam Tuesday 29 August Restricted
Raksha Bandhan Wednesday 30 August Restricted
Janmashtami Thursday 7 September Restricted
Ganesh Chaturthi Tuesday 19 September Restricted
Id E Milad Thursday September 28 Public
Gandhi Jayanti Monday 2 October Public
Dussehra Tuesday 24 October Public
Valmiki Jayanti Saturday 28 October Restricted
Karva Chauth Tuesday 31 October Restricted
Diwali Sunday 12 November Public
Bhai Dooj Tuesday 14 November Restricted
Chhath Puja Sunday 19 November Restricted
Guru Nanak Jayanti Monday 27 November Public
Christmas Monday 25 December Public


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Sargun has an appetite for challenges and creative hurdles that can help her grow as she conquers them one by one. With an innate desire to travel the world, she weaves through life by visiting her dream destinations. When not in her creative zone, Sargun loves to smash in badminton and binge-watch her favourite shows.
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