Why is January 1st New Year’s Day?
It’s not the summer or winter solstice.
It’s not the vernal or autumnal equinox.
It’s not a big religiously important day … as far as I know.
It’s a regular day with no special significance.
Do you know why it was picked as the start of the New Year?
It’s because some Pope just decided it.
… I bet it was the bastard’s birthday!
Does New Year’s Day really have to start on the first of any month?
What’s the difference?
note: I’d pick the first day of spring like it was in the Middle Ages … or my birthday.
double note: The Chinese New Year makes a lot more sense to me now … except for that dragon stuff.
triple note: people could have 2 New Year’s Days: one for the Northern Hemisphere and one for the Southern Hemisphere. Who cares really? … extra days off of work too!
quadruple note: If you think I’m picking on the Catholic Church, I’ll pick on Science instead: one word … “Pluto“.
quintuple note: It’s amazing what people accept as “the way it is” because that’s just “the way it has been” for a while.
sextuple note: People living way way up North would probably vote against the summer solstice as New Year’s Day because … they wouldn’t be able to see their fireworks.
… and don’t get me started on what the first day of the week is!!!
octuple note: from ask jeeves or ask … as it likes to be known now.
Among the ancient peoples, New Year’s Day was traditionally celebrated in conjunction with the vernal or autumnal equinox or the summer or winter solstice. In the Middle Ages it was set at the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, usually on March 25.
The Gregorian calendar, which is widely in use throughout the western world today, was initially decreed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. January 1 was declared as the first day of the new year on 1 January 1622.