New Year is the time of day at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar's year count increments by one. Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner and the 1st day of January is often marked as a national holiday. In the Gregorian calendar, the most widely used calendar system today, New Year occurs on January 1 (New Year's Day). This was also the case both in the Roman calendar (at least after about 713 BC) and in the Julian calendar that succeeded it. Other calendars have been used historically in different parts of the world; some calendars count years numerically, while others do not. During the Middle Ages in western Europe, while the Julian calendar was still in use, authorities moved New Year's Day, depending upon locale, to one of several other days, including March 1, March 25, Easter, September 1, and December 25. Beginning in 1582, the adoptions of the Gregorian calendar and changes to the Old Style and New Style dates meant the various local dates for New Year's Day changed to using one fixed date, January 1. The widespread official adoption of the Gregorian calendar and marking January 1 as the beginning of a new year is almost global now. Regional or local use of other calendars continues, along with the cultural and religious practices that accompany them. (New Year - Wikipedia) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Just a thought: My intention is not to dampen your mood; I am just trying to understand the New Year Eve from another perspective. Celebrating the calendar year is popular all over the world. I wonder how different is the first of January from any other day on the calendar when everything around us remains more or less the same? So also, our persona, relations, jobs, niggling issues, mental conflicts…everything else remain as they were in the previous year ending on the 31st December. Then how is the excitement on the 1st January justified? Is it really about new hopes or aspirations, or are these celebrations a part of some nefarious commercial scheme to entice people to let their hair down and blow up their hard earned money? We celebrate the New Year eve even when we know that there is nothing new about it; every calendar year begins with some dreams and aspirations, and it ends with some satisfaction and too much of dissatisfaction for most people! I can't understand the logic, the brouhaha and the enthusiasm behind celebrating the New Year eve, year after year, unmindful of our personal losses or gains. The New Year begins as per one’s own belief or convenience. While the calendar year begins on the 1st of January with celebrations, the fiscal year begins on the 1st of April with a lot of hard work that entails the closing of accounts! Ugadi/ Yugadi/ Gudipadwa/ Puthandu/ Baisakhi/ Bihu/ Vishu/ Cheti Chand….herald the New Year for the different communities of Hindus, on different days, in the months March and April; basically, these festivals symbolize the end of winter and the beginning of the pleasant spring. It also coincides with the Rabi crop harvest in India; thus it is simply a time to celebrate our abundance! The Gujaratis being primarily into trade consider Diwali as the New Year, which is when they close old account books and after the Laxmi pujan, they open the new account books; again it is a celebration of the financial gains of the previous year! We also have many religious beliefs that coax us to celebrate these days. The Chinese New Year is again a Spring festival. Thus these festivals do make some sense and justify celebrations! I think the celebrations on the New Year eve would make more sense if it changed us either externally or internally. Wouldn’t it have made sense if it helped us shed our old skin and get a new one (wrinkle free or acne free), shed some weight, shed our old persona, get a little healthier or even become wiser? Just imagine how exciting it would be if we magically undergo a process of renewal and become our improved selves on the New Year eve! I think such transformations would justify our excitement regarding the New Year eve. Unfortunately, no such miracles happen on the1st of January. Most of us remain the same with our unrealistic New Year resolutions which are meant to be broken or be allowed to die a natural death and sadly, those failed resolutions return to haunt us in the last week of December! Instead, wouldn’t it make more sense if we consider celebrating the New Year whenever we overcome an old undesirable habit, pick up a new skill or a positive attitude? As that is when the real new beginnings begin and justify our excitement! Your opinions, please. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The GIF has been taken from the Wikipedia page for representation only.