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New Year’s Day means new beginnings and new resolutions.

Interestingly, the idea of ​​using the first day of January to mark the start of the new year dates back to the days of Julius Caesar, five decades before Jesus was born.

Until 1752, England and the American colonies celebrated the New Year on March 25, even when Pope Gregory enforced the Gregorian calendar and reinstated January 1 as the first day of the new year in the 1570s.

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Here’s everything you need to know about New Year’s Day.

Which country celebrates New Year’s Day first?

Some parts of the world hit midnight earlier or later than the UK – so traditionally the thrilling fireworks display over Sydney Harbor in Australia is one of the first spectacles of the new year.

However, Australia is not the first country to celebrate. Parts of Kiribati, an independent island in the Pacific Ocean, are the first to welcome the New Year.

They start on January 1 while the UK hits 10 a.m. on December 31.

The next hour, New Zealand and the other Pacific Islands welcome the New Year.

Why does January 1 mark a new year?

The New Year was not always celebrated on January 1; for centuries, other dates have marked the beginning of the calendar, including March 25 and December 25.

When the Julian calendar was created, Julius Caesar thought it would be appropriate for January to be the gateway to a new year.

With the expansion of the Roman Empire, the use of the Julian calendar also spread.

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