New Year’s Day

January 2016

Mesopotamia (Iraq) instituted the concept of celebrating the new year in 2000 BC. With time, New Year’s Day celebrations spread far and wide: Jews borrowed the tradition from the Babylonians who were keeping them captive; they passed it to the Greeks and the Greeks brought it to Western Europe. Today, New Year is celebrated in accordance to national and local traditions, and personal tastes. Today, New Year's Day is probably the most celebrated public holiday, often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight, a decorated fir tree, a glass of champagne, gifts and joyful mood. Concerts, masquerades and other festive events accompany New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day is a magical holiday when both children and adults start believing in miracles. Happy New Year!