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My favorite New Year's celebration:

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Good-old Gregorian January 1st
  6788 votes / 42%
Chinese New Year
  786 votes / 4%
1 Muharram
  180 votes / 1%
Aztec New Year
  268 votes / 1%
The day of the Southward equinox
  650 votes / 4%
Rosh Hashanah
  448 votes / 2%
Some other variety.
  495 votes / 3%
I am unconcerned with "New Year's"
  6303 votes / 39%
15918 total votes.
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My favorite New Year's celebration:

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  • Mayday! Mayday! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mfnickster (182520) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @10:46AM (#42426171)

    Why, that's the Russian New Year! We'll have a big parade, and serve hot hors d'oeuvres...

  • Re:Winter solstice (Score:5, Interesting)

    by arth1 (260657) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @12:52PM (#42426903) Homepage Journal

    For me, new years eve comes halfway through the Yule celebrations, which start at Winter solstice and lasts for 20 days. It's a good time for a another party within the bigger party.

    That New Yerars Eve falls within the winter holiday celebrations is normal even in mainstream - in Sweden, for example, Jul starts at December 24th and ends on January 6th.
    It's pretty much only the US and followers who ends their Christmas and toss the tree out at boxing day. But to compensate, they have stretched a non-celebrating version of the holidays in the other direction, and where a traditionalist European wouldn't light the tree until Christmas eve, an American might have had it lit since late November. But 13 or 20 days of festivities with special food, relatives and singing carols, no, they miss out on that. I don't think there's any American holday that lasts for more than one day, or four if counting three days off next to it.

    Another missing option is Samhain. Many neo-pagans, and particularly Wiccans reckon that the new year starts when the god dies and is reborn at (hardcore) the second moon holiday (esbat) after fall equinox or (mainstream) at Hallowe'en.

    If I were to choose when new years should start, I would shift the calendar a couple of days to coincide with perihelion. And rename the months so that sept- oct- nov- and dec- would fall on the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th months instead of the mess we have now.

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