In 2016, New Year’s Day falls on a Friday, with a nice weekend to follow! Learn more about the first day of the first month.
New Year’s Day has long been celebrated on January 1.
Did you know that January, was named for the Roman god Janus, the two-faced god of beginnings? Janus looks simultaneously to the future and the past, a fitting symbol for this first day of the year.
A fresh calendar encourages us to fill in the blanks with ambitious projects for home and personal improvement, better known as our New Year’s resolutions.
Turn your face to the future with a few tips on how to make New Year’s resolutions.
New Year’s Dates
|Year||New Year’s Day|
|2015||Thursday, January 1|
|2016||Friday, January 1|
New Year’s Quotes
To greet the New Year, enjoy our favorite quotations from the Almanac archives:
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
–Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92)
Each age has deemed the new-born year
The fittest time for festal cheer.
–Sir Walter Scott
I hear you, blithe new year,
Ring out your laughter.
–Abba Goold Woolson
Hark! The Old Year is gone!
And the young New Year is coming!
–Bryan Waller Procter
Just listen to the merry New Year’s bells!
All hearts rejoice and catch the cheerful tone.
–M. A. Baines
More About New Year’s
Learn more about the many New Year’s traditions from around the world.
And be sure to ring in the New Year with our simple punch recipes and tips!