A different kind of New Year


Now that you have dried the stains of champagne and started to regret that new years resolution you made, maybe you feel like New Years didn’t quite live up to the hype. If that’s the case, we have some good news for you. You can try again in just a couple of weeks! As long as we keep our mind open and embrace other culture, we can actually almost celebrate New Years all year long!

 

Lunar New Year (East Asian New Year)

In many countries in Asia, you can celebrate the Lunar New Year on the 8th of February! The festivities don’t always happen on that date since it is based on the cycles of the moon and it can be anytime between 21th of January to the 21th of February. No matter if you go to China, Vietnam or South Korea you can celebrate the Lunar New Year just a month after New Year’s Eve!

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Nowruz (Iranian New Year)

Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. Every year, the moment when the sun hits the celestial equator is calculated and at that moment, celebration erupts all over Iran. It usually happens on the 21th of March but it can vary by a day or two. It is not to be confused with the Islamic New Year, which is a religious holiday that is celebrated by muslims all over the world on the first of October. Instead, Nowruz is a secular holiday which can be celebrated no matter ethnicity or religion by anyone visiting or living in Iran.

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Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated between September and October and marks the start of the agricultural cycle and thus the start of the economic year. I have actually always felt like the way most of us in the western world celebrate new year, on the last day of December, feels a little bit strange. After all, it feels more like a new year after the summer, when school starts, when a vacation ends and when new projects can come to life. On the picture below you can see some of the traditional Rosh Hashanah foods: Apples, honey, pomegranates and wine.

Rosh Hashanah

 

Diwali (Hindu New Year)

Diwali is the festival of light and it celebrates hope, prosperity and happiness in a colorful and extravagant fashion every year between October and November. This too, like the Rosh Hashanah, marks the start of a new financial year where people seek the blessings of the diety Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, good fortune and prosperity, to guide them through it. All over India you will see lights, glitter, fireworks, flowers and happiness.

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Now you are hopefully feeling fully equipped to party all through 2016!


Henrik Vilén
Loves architecture, old landmarks and prefers to spend his time abroad in quaint, small towns or in the countryside. Is the happiest when sitting at a local café with the only sounds being a dog distantly barking in harmony with chatter in foreign languages. The next item on his bucket list is the Easter Island.