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New Year 2024: ✔History, Wishes & How to Celebrate in India

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 planning for the next twelve months. The new year brings with it hopes of a better future, allowing people to have a fresh start in life. This is why New Year’s Day has become so significant for people across the world.
New Year’s Day is an optional holiday in India, people may choose to take a holiday but it’s not mandatory.

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 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 2024

In every part of India, New Year is celebrated with much gaiety and fanfare. Here are some things that people do during the New Year’s celebrations:

  • The major markets in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Jaipur are decorated with New Year decorations using 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.
  • People celebrate the day by singing, playing games, dancing, and attending parties.
  • People exchange New Year wishes with each other by saying Happy New Year 2024.
  • A New Year countdown is a common feature at such events, helping build anticipation for the day’s arrival. People also take some New Year resolutions to follow throughout the year.

New Year’s Day in Other Calendars

The Gregorian calendar, the most widely used calendar in the world celebrates New Year’s Day on January 1st. There are other calendars as well which celebrate New Year’s Day on different days and some celebrate for several days. Some of the famous New Year’s Days are:

  • Hindu New Year (Between March- April)
  • Chinese New Year (Between January 21- February 20)
  • Gujarati and Marwadi New Year (Between October- November; Diwali)
  • Eastern Orthodox Church New Year (January 14)
  • Islamic New Year (September 22)
  • Iranian New Year (March 21)
  • Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi New Year (April 13-14)

New Year 2024 Wishes

Here are some popular Happy New Year wishes:

  • Health and happiness to you and yours in the new year ahead. Happy New Year 2024!
  • Happy New Year 2024! Peace, love and happiness. New Year greetings to you and your family.
  • Happy New Year 2024! Cheers to new beginnings.
  • Happy New Year 2024! Have a joyful new year.
  • Happy New Year 2024! Here’s to new adventures.
  • New adventures are just around the corner. Happy New Year 2024!

Other Festivals in India with Holiday Type

Festivals in India Day Date Holiday Type
New Year’s Day Mon 01-Jan Restricted Holiday
Lohri Sat 13-Jan Restricted Holiday
Makar Sankranti Sun 14-Jan Restricted Holiday
Pongal Mon 15-Jan Restricted Holiday
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Wed 17-Jan Restricted Holiday
Republic Day Fri 26-Jan Gazetted Holiday
Losar Sat 10-Feb Restricted Holiday
Basant Panchmi Wed 14-Feb Restricted Holiday
Guru Ravidas Jayanti Sat 24-Feb Gazetted Holiday
Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Wed 6-Mar Restricted Holiday
Mahashivratri Fri 8-Mar Gazetted Holiday
Holi Mon 25-March Gazetted Holiday
Good Friday Fri 29-Mar Gazetted Holiday
Easter Day Sun 31-Mar Restricted Holiday
Gudi Padwa Tue 9-Apr Restricted Holiday
Eid-ul-Fitr Wed 10-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Vaisakhi (Vishu) Sat 13-Apr Restricted Holiday
Rama Navami Wed 17-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Mahavir Jayanti Sun 21-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Rabindra Jayanti Wed 8-May Restricted Holiday
Buddha Purnima (Vesak) Thu 23-May Gazetted Holiday
Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) Mon 17-Jun Restricted Holiday
Rath Yatra Sun 7-Jul Gazetted Holiday
Muharram (Ashura) Wed 17-Jul Gazetted Holiday
Independence Day Thu 15-Aug Gazetted Holiday
Parsi New Year’s Day (Nauraz) Thu 15-Aug Public Holiday
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Mon 19-Aug Restricted Holiday
Janmashtami Mon 26-Aug Restricted Holiday
Ganesh Chaturthi Sat 7-Sep Restricted Holiday
Onam Sun 15-Sep Restricted Holiday
Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e- Milad Mon 16-Sep Gazetted Holiday
Gandhi Jayanti Wed 02-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Dussehra Sat 12-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Valmiki Jayanti Thu 17-Oct Restricted Holiday
Karva Chauth Sun 20-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Dhanteras Tue 29-Oct Restricted Holiday
Kali Puja Thu 31-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Halloween Day Thu 31-Oct No Holiday
Diwali Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Lakshmi Puja Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Karnataka Rajyotsava Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Kerala Piravi Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Govardhan Puja Sat 2-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Bhai Dooj Sun 3-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Chhath Puja Thu 7-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Guru Nanak Jayanti Fri 15-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Christmas Wed 25-Dec Public Holiday


Q. Which day is celebrated on 1st January?

A. New Year’s Day is celebrated every year on January 1st.

Q. What day is New Year’s 2024?

A. According to the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s 2024 will be celebrated on Monday, 1st January 2024. New Year 2023 was celebrated on Sunday where people exchanged happy new year wishes.

Q. What are the places to celebrate New Year’s Day 2024 in India?

A. Some popular places to celebrate New Year’s Day in India are Goa, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Puducherry, Manali, and Gokarna.

Q. Which are the First and last countries on earth to welcome New Year 2024
A. The Pacific Islands of Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati are the countries that will welcome New Year first.
and Howland and Baker Islands will be welcoming the New Year last in the world.

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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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