Just a few weeks ago, the skies were rent with fireworks and cheers of ‘Happy New Year’ as the world ushered in 2016.
Not every part of the world, however, joined in the cheers and festivities.
This is because contrary to popular thought, not every culture counts January 1st as the start of a new year.
Here are 6 places that don’t celebrate New Year on January 1st.
China: Referred to as the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year signifies the beginning of the spring harvest season. Tough the exact date varies on the Gregorian (regular) calendar, this year the date falls on February 8th.
Korea: Korea also observes the Lunar New Year which falls on February 8th.
Vietnam: Another culture that observes the Lunar Calendar.
Ethiopia: Ethiopia operates its own calendar (based on the Coptic calendar) which is 7 years and about 3 months behind the Gregorian calendar. New year occurs on Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar, which is 11 September (or, during a leap year, 12 September) according to the Gregorian calendar.
Iran: Referred to a Nowruz, this marks the first day of spring or equinox and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical Northward equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed.
India: Different calendars are used by different regions in India. Southern Indian states of Karnataka, Telangana, andAndhra Pradesh celebrate Ugaadhi (New Year) according to their lunar-based calendar. This falls on April 8th in 2016. Gudi Padwa (in Maharashtra) and Cheti Chand (in Sindhi-speaking Indian communities) also celebrate New Year on this day. Diwali (October 30th 2016) – the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by Hindu, Sikhs, and Jains and this marks the start of the new year for Marwari and Gujarati communities in North India.