Where January 1 do not celebrate New Year's Eve
A few years ago in Saudi Arabia have officially forbidden to celebrate the New Year. But this is not the only state where the traditional goes completely unnoticed for us the new year meeting. It turns out that New Year's Day January 1 is not celebrated in many countries.
In the New Year's Eve people of our latitude drinking champagne launch colorful fireworks and eat olives. It would seem that the whole world at this moment celebrating the new year. But this is not so. Somewhere thousands of miles an ordinary Indian or Iranian quietly snoring in the New Year's Eve - in the morning he will begin an ordinary working day.
In this issue you will learn about the five countries for which 1 January - not a holiday.
Religious police of Saudi Arabia Al Mutawa and warned citizens living on the territory of the Kingdom of foreigners to ban the celebration of the New Year. A special unit of law enforcement, alerting about the inadmissibility of the celebration, is guided by a fatwa (religious decree in Islam), published by the supreme committee of the Saudi ulema (Islamic preachers), as Muslims follow the lunar calendar.
Police officers traded in the shops selling flowers and gifts, so that it did not sell a range of products that can be purchased on the occasion of this holiday. Al Mutawa is closely monitoring the implementation of standards in the highly conservative Saudi Arabia. Often, however, recorded cases of abuse of power on the part of the agency that, in particular, led to the loss of human life. New Year on the Islamic calendar, is celebrated on the vernal equinox, March 21, which corresponds to almost always the first day of the holy month of Muharram. Chronology is from the Hegira (July 16, 622 BC..) - migration date of the Prophet Muhammad and the first Muslims from Mecca to Medina.
In Israel, January 1st is also a normal working day, unless, of course, New Year's Day happens on Saturday - a sacred day for the Jews. Celebrate the New Year your Israelites fall - Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar the new moon of the month (September or October). It called the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. It is celebrated for two days, with its celebration of Israel associated with many traditions, rituals and ceremonies.
As a rule, the tradition of celebrating the New Year in the sense in which to understand it in Europe and North America, supported living in Israel, the Russian diaspora. And here everyone gets out as they can. People are trying to take a day off work and traditionally celebrate with family and friends. Someone is going home, and someone goes to a Russian restaurant.
Some Israelis believe that celebrating celebrate the day of St. Sylvester Catholic, which falls on 31 December. Therefore, the country is often referred to as the New Year "Sylvester".
January 1 - is not a public holiday in Iran. Country living on their own calendar. For example, now in Iran is 1395. Iranian Calendar or Solar Hijra - an astronomical solar calendar, which was developed with the participation of Omar Khayyam and has since clarified on several occasions. New Year is celebrated in Iran on the calendar on the first day of spring, which corresponds to March 22 of the Gregorian calendar. New Year's holiday in Iran is called Nowruz (or Norouz), and the first month of spring is called Favardin.
By the way, Novruz celebrated not only in Iran but also in many countries where had pretty heritage of the ancient Persians. For example, with the Novruz begins a year in Afghanistan. Par on January 1 Novruz celebrated in Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Albania and Macedonia.
In India as a multicultural celebrations that, if I had to mark all, it would be no time to work. Therefore, some of them became "for choosing the holidays." These days, all facilities and offices are open, but employees can take time off. It is to such holidays include January 1.
In addition, the Indian subcontinent, there are several options for the arrival of the New Year celebration.
March 22 comes a new year of Indian National Calendar. In Maharashtra it is celebrated under the name of Gudi Padva, and in Andhra Pradesh state his name Ugadi. In Kerala celebrate New Year on April 13. He is known as Vishu. Sikhs in the day celebrating their New Year - Vaisakhi. In South India, the fall is widely celebrate Divapali, which also means the arrival of the new year.
New Year in China (where he now called Yuan-tribute) passes quite quickly. Only in large department stores and shopping centers, paying tribute to Western traditions, put somewhere shiny artificial Christmas trees and Santa Claus doll and the Chinese sent their Western friends electronic Christmas cards. And even then it is done for Christmas, not for the New Year. "Yuan-tribute" - this is the first, the initial day of the year ( "RMB" means the "beginning", "tribute" - "Dawn" or simply "the day"). New Year in China until the XX century was reckoned by the lunar, not on our usual calendar, and Yuan-tribute celebrated the first day of the first lunar month.
September 27, 1949 the Government of the newly established People's Republic of China has decided to call the first day of the lunar calendar, "Spring Festival" (Chun Jie) and 1 January of the Western calendar - "Yuan-tribute". Since that time, January 1 became the official national holiday in China. But even today, the Chinese still do not celebrate this day, not seeing it as a holiday, which marks the change of years. "West" New Year is not a competitor to the lunar, or Spring Festival.