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A History of New Year’s Day

By Linda J. Paul
Another New Year. A chance to make some resolutions and start anew. We do it every year on January 1. But, did you know that New Year’s Day was not always celebrated on January 1?
Actually, the celebration of the new year is the oldest of all the holidays. In fact, it was first observed in ancient Babylon 4000 years ago. The early Babylonians were totally reliant on agriculture, as were all early civilizations. So, the new year would naturally begin on the first New Moon after the Spring Equinox. This was the time of the planting of the seeds, when new life was beginning to emerge once more into the bleak and barren landscape of winter. The Babylonian “New Year” celebrations lasted for eleven days. Each day represents a special focus on new life and new beginnings.

Read the original article at: Bella Online

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