The library wishes a happy 2014 to everyone! Though our New Year falls on January 1st, many other calendars use different dates. Here’s a small sampling of alternate celebrations throughout the rest of the year.
Cambodian New Year – Chaul Chnam Thmey is celebrated on the 13th or 14th of April. The holiday spans three days.
Ethiopian New Year – Called Enkutatash, this is celebrated on September 11th (September 12th in leap years). The ancient Ethiopian calendar is based on the Julian calendar, and this holiday marks the end of the summer rainy season.
Hijri New Year – This is the Islamic New Year. The date moves from year to year as the Islamic calendar is lunar. It is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.
Korean New Year – While Koreans also celebrate the solar new year on January 1st, Seollal is the first day of the lunar calendar. People receive a minimum of three days off and prepare food for ancestors’ spirits.
Nowruz – This is the first day of spring and the beginning of the new year in the Iranian calendar. It is often celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, usually March 21st.
Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish new year is typically celebrated in early autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. The two-day celebration begins on the first day of Tishrei, believed to the the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve.
Thai New Year – Songkran, like Cambodian New Year, falls on the 13th or 14th of April. People usually splash water on each other, a blessing that brings good fortune.
Vietnamese New Year – Tet is the most important holiday in Vietnam and normally falls betweens January and February 20th. It marks the arrival of spring based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar.