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New Year's Day

New Year's Day 2018 and 2019

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.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
20171 JanSunNew Year's Day AR, ML, MN, MZ, NL,
RJ, SK & TN
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday MZ
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve MN
20181 JanMonNew Year's Day AR, ML, MN, MZ, NL,
RJ, SK & TN
2 JanTueNew Year Holiday MZ
31 DecMonNew Year's Eve MN
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day AR, ML, MN, MZ, NL,
RJ, SK & TN
2 JanWedNew Year Holiday MZ
31 DecTueNew Year's Eve MN
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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.