It feels odd for me to wish Happy New Year in the fall. But this Sunday, September 13th, marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year. And there are actually many New Years, some of which I wrote about a while back (read about New Year traditions worldwide.) Here are some:
MID-JANUARY – In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the civil New Year falls on January 14th – or January 1st in the Julian calendar. The Orthodox churches of Georgia, Jerusalem, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine still use the Julian calendar.
MID-WINTER – Chinese New Year, celebrated in many east Asian countries, occurs on the new moon from 4 to 8 weeks before spring, falling any time between January 21st and February 21st.
SPRING – In other countries, New Year’s dates often coincide with the beginning of spring – for example, Iran, Bali and certain areas of India. Interestingly, until the mid 18th century, all British domains celebrated their New Year on March 25th.
AUTUMN – New Year in the Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches falls on September 11th or 12th. Jewish New Year, celebrating God’s creation of the world in seven days, falls somewhere between early September and early October.
The great thing about Canada is we can celebrate all year long, sharing other holidays and learning the richness of our cultural heritages. So Happy Rosh Hashanah everyone.