Happy New Year!

The Ministry wishes you a Happy New Year! The New Year being an event that happens when a culture celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next year means that others have different tradition. Cultures that measure yearly calendars all have New Year celebrations but here are a few dates for some of “the others” – some has also a completely different year count…

Assyria – April 1 (year 6754)
Berber – January 12 (year 2954)
Buddhism – January 7 (year 2547). April 13-14 (year 2547) depending on origin, culture and ethnic background in different countries.
Tibetan new year February 21
Ethiopia – September 11 (!) (year 1997)
Hinduism – April 14 april
India – March 22 2005
Islam – February 22 2004 (year 1425 E.H.)
Jainism – November 5 (year 2529), 26 October, (year 2530)
Japan – January 1-3 2003
China – partly January 1 januari, partly (traditional new year) some time during January-February (it differs from different years)
Coptic – September 11 (year 1721)
Sikhism – March 14
South Korea – January 22
Thailand – April 1
Vietnam – January 22

Countries celebrating “Nouruz” has their New years Eve on March 20, 21 or 22, depending on the solar calendar and the exact position at the equinox.

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