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New Year's Day 2019
New Year's Day is January 1, the first day of the year on both the Gregorian and Julian calendars. In Rome under the Julian calendar, this day was dedicated to Janus, god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is named. Today, most countries use the Gregorian calendar. New Year's Day is celebrated with fireworks at midnight as the new year begins in each time zone. New Year's Day is a civil event, not an astronomical event. Why does the new year begin on January 1?