New Year's Day is a festival observed in most of the world on 1 January, the first day of the year in the modern Gregorian calendar. 1 January is
also New Year's Day on the Julian calendar, but this is not the same day as
the Gregorian one. Whilst most solar calendars begin the year regularly at
or near the northern winter solstice, cultures that observe a lunisolar or
lunar calendar celebrate their New Year's Day at less fixed points relative
to the solar year. In pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar, the day
was dedicated to Janus, god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is
also named. From Roman times until the middle of the 18th century, the new
year was celebrated at various stages and in various parts of Christian
Europe on 25 December, on 1 March, on 25 March and on the movable feast of
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