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December 7th, 2002, 12:23 PM
Welcoming the New Year is one of the oldest and gayest customs celebrated world over; but no festival has been observed on so many different dates in so many different ways.

The ancient Greeks began their new year with the new moon after June 21. Before the time of Julius Ceaser, the Roman New Year started on 1st March. In most European countries during the Middle Ages, the New Year began on March 25. What about today? In most Christian countries the New Year begins on January 1. But other countries and religion observe New Year day on different dates, according to the calendars they use.

The Chinese celebrate two new years days. One is on January 1 and the other takes place on the New Year day reckoned according to the Chinese lunar calendar. This may occur any time between Jan.21 and Feb.19

Indonesia also has two New Year day celebrations one on 1st Jan and the other on the Islamic New Year a date that varies from year to year.
The Russian Orthodox Church observes the New Year according to Julian calendar, which place the day on 14 th Jan. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, falls somewhere between the end of September and the beginning of October. Vietnam celebrates in the beginning of February.
Morocco on the tenth day of Muhurram.
Korea during the first three days of January.
In India the New Year day is celebrated by some of states as late as April.

Further, the custom of sending greeting on this day begin in China and is a thousand year old custom with one difference that the visitors left only their names on the cards without any greetings.