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Festivity - New year’s Day - January 1
New Year's Day is celebrated all over the world on first day of the year, January 1, and it is according to the Gregorian calendar and falling exactly one week after Christmas Day of the previous year.

In the middle ages, most European countries used the Julian calendar and observed New Year’s Day on March 25 and it was known Annunciation Day .It was celebrated as the occasion on which it was revealed to Saint Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God, the Jesus Christ. With the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, Roman Catholic countries began to celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1.

Scotland accepted the Gregorian calendar in 1600; Germany, Denmark, and Sweden about 1700; and England in 1752.

March 1st was the first day of the numbered year in the Republic of Venice until its destruction in 1797. September 1st was used in Russia from 1492 until the adoption of the Christian era in 1700.

In Christmas Style dating the New Year started on 25 December. This was used in Germany and England until the thirteenth century and in Spain from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century.

January 1 became the official start of the year in the following countries: -
• 1522 Venice
• 1529 Sweden
• 1544 Holy Roman Empire
• 1556 Spain, Portugal
• 1559 Prussia, Denmark/Norway
• 1564 France
• 1576 Southern Netherlands
• 1579 Lorraine
• 1583 Protestant of Netherlands
• 1721 Tuscany
• 1700 Russia(but the Gregorian calendar was introduced in the Russian SFSR in 1918)
• 1752 Britain and its colonies
• 1873 Japan
• 1896 Korea
• 1912 China
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