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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureHolidaysOther - Holidays · 1 decade ago

why do people celebrate new year?

why? Shouldn’t it be the other way around, not to celebrate because it is a year less of existence? =(

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  • 1 decade ago
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    January 1st is considered new years day in todays society. But this is a fairly new concept because up until that the time of Julius Caesar, the Romans celebrated the New Year in March because it was the first month in the Roman calendar. However January 1 marked then time when the Romans changed their governmental figures and new consuls were inducted into office and they had games and feasting to help celebrate the new officials. But, they still used March 1 as their official mark of the new year and had a festival to their god, Mars (God of War). It was Caesar who changed the Roman New Year's Day to January 1 in honor of Janus. (God of all beginnings and gate keeper of heaven and earth). Janus was always depicted with two faces: One looking back to the old year (past) and one looking ahead to the new year (future). One of the customs in the festival honoring Janus was to exchange gifts and then make reolutions to be friendly and good to one another. When Constantine ruled the Romans and accepted Christianity as their new faith, they kept the Festival of Janus as the New Years Day, not March as before, and turned it into a day of prayer and fasting and not parties, etc.

    Hope that helps! Im working tonight. Even so, id probably be asleep anyway! Why do some people always start the new year the SAME WAY when its a day to start the new year afresh? lol. To all, have a blessed year, may all your family stay safe and happy. Those of you who have family or friends in the war, i hope that if anything happens this year, that it be they come home safe and permanently.

  • It is a celebration established under Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. The Romans dedicated this day to Janus, the god of the gates, doors, and beginnings. The month of January was named after Janus, who had two faces - one looking forward and one looking backward. Both the date and the customs associated with New Year's celebrations vary from one country to another. Check this website out - jw.org

  • Claire
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Tradition

  • 1 decade ago

    A fresh start I would guess is why people celebrate. I think it's stupid.

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  • mo
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I wonder that myself. Happy New Year

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You just think too much....Cheers to another day of celebration....

  • 1 decade ago

    spmetimes It's a fresh start

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    cuz its a free holiday! and another valid excuse to get drunk!!

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