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New Year Celebration Around The World

Updated on December 28, 2011
New Year Celebration Around The World
New Year Celebration Around The World

Islamic New Year’s Day and Celebrations

Islam has a moon based calendar having 354 days. The date of New Year also varies every year since the Islamic calendar is eleven days shorter than the solar calendar. Maal Hijra or Islamic New Year is observed on the 1st day of Muharram [1st Islamic month]. The term Muharram means honor as well. It is more of an ethnic event than a New Year festivity. Masses receive the New Year with serenity and prayers.

New Year observed by Muslims is not gala festivity instead it is a quite and solemn festivity. Masses assemble in mosques and dargahs to offer particular prayers. Muslims observe this day to give homage to Prophet Muhammad. The most crucial function is to state the Hijra [Muhammad’s flight from Medina to Mecca]. This tale is even transmitted on radio. Maal Hijra or the Islamic New year spent on pondering how a person is heading his or her life and their own mortality.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Lunar New Year or spring fest is the most significant among the conventional Chinese holidays. It is often wrongly named ‘lunar new year’ since as part of the lunisolar Chinese calendar the date is partly decided on the basis of lunar phase. The fete conventionally starts on the 1st day of the 1st month in the Chinese calendar and finishes with the lantern festival which is on the fifteenth day.

Chinese New Year is the longest and the most essential celebration in the Chinese lunar calendar. The beginning of the Chinese New Year is itself hundreds of years old and earns importance due to various myths and customs. Ancient Chinese New Year is an expression on how the individuals acted and what they trusted in the most. Chinese new year is observed in nations and districts with substantial Chinese populations like Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam and also in Chinatowns wherever Chinese new year is regarded as a considerable festival for the Chinese and has had significance on the new year festivities of its neighboring countries as well as civilizations with whom the Chinese have had wide interaction.

Iranian New Year

Nowruz is observed and feted by Iranian masses and the associated ethnical continent and has extended to numerous other regions of the world, admitting portions of Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea and few groups in the Balkans.

Nowruz denotes the 1st day of spring and the starting of the year in Iranian calendar. It is observed on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which normally happens on March twenty-one or the former or next day depending on where it is discovered. As well as being a Zoroastrian holiday and holding importance between the Zoroastrian ascendants of modern Iranians, the same day is observed as the New Year in the Indian sub-continent. The instant the sun passes over the celestial equator and equals night and day is estimated precisely every year and Iranian households assemble together to observe the rites.

Primitively being a Zoroastrian fete and the holiest of them all, Nowruz is thought to have been devised by Zoroaster himself, though there is no readable date of beginning.

Water Festival

The water festival is the New Year’s festivities which occur in Southeast Asian nations such as Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand as well as Yunnan, China. It is named the ‘Water Festival’ by Westerners since individuals pour water at each other as part of the cleaning rite to receive the New Year. Traditionally individual mildly spattered water on each other as a mark of respect, but since the New Year comes down during the hottest month in Southeast Asia, some people land up drenching unknowns and passersby in automobiles in fierce festivity.

The action of poring water is also an expressions and best wishes. It is thought that on the occasion of Water Festival everything old should be thrown or else it would bring bad luck to the owner. The fete has numerous different names particular to each nation, like Songkran in Thailand and Pi-Mai Lao in Laos, Chaul Chnam Thmey in Cambodia and Thingyan in Myanmar.

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