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New Year's Day

New Year's Day 2019 and 2020

Although the traditional New Year’s celebrations on the Hindu Calendar are in the springtime, India also joins with much of the rest of the world to celebrate 1 January as New Year’s Day, in accordance with the Gregorian Calendar.

Year Date Day Holiday States
2018 1 Jan Mon New Year's Day AR, ML, MN, MZ, NL,
PY, RJ, SK, TG &
TN
2 Jan Tue New Year Holiday MZ
31 Dec Mon New Year's Eve MN
2019 1 Jan Tue New Year's Day AR, ML, MN, MZ, NL,
RJ, SK & TN
2 Jan Wed New Year Holiday MZ
31 Dec Tue New Year's Eve MN
2020 1 Jan Wed New Year's Day AR, ML, MN, MZ, NL,
RJ, SK & TN
2 Jan Thu New Year Holiday MZ
31 Dec Thu New Year's Eve MN

In fact, New Year’s celebrations are big in modern India. Many of the Western traditions of New Year’s Eve have been transported to India, but there is also a bit of a local flavour. 

Many families exchange gifts and make prayers on New Year’s Day. Some stay up to hear the bells ring at midnight and to watch fireworks displays, declaring that the old year has died and the new year has come. This is also a time of remembering the past year and of making resolutions on what one hopes to accomplish in the year ahead.