This is the celebration of the universal New Year’s day and is greeted with festivities all around the world.
Ganjitsu (From 1 to 3 January)
Ganjitsu is the Japanese New Year's day, and last three days. Festivities include greeting the rising sun, a visit to a Shinto temple and general rejoicing.
Guru Govind Singh’s birthday
Devotional songs are sung and prayers offered by Sikhs all over the world. Guru Govind Singh was the tenth guru of the Sikhs.
Milad un-Nabi or Id-e-Milad is the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. Sometimes, greeting cards are sent to family and friends. Get togethers are also organized to listen to the stories from Muhammad’s life.
* Floating (1-2 days) depending on the sighting of the moon.
Makar Sankranti (known as Pongal in Tamilnadu, India) is a major harvest festival, a day of great festivity, when the Sun begins its movement away from the tropic of Capricorn and towards the northern hemisphere.
Tu B’Shvat *
Tu B’Shvat is the New Year of Trees in the Hebrew tradition. Schools organize tree planting excursions and many fruits are eaten on this day.
* Jewish holidays always begin the day before at nightfall.
India Republic Day
The Constitution of India came into being on January 26th 1950 and replaced the Government of India Act 1935. Republic day parades are held in all state capitals on that day.
Chinese New Year
This year is known as the year of the horse. Fireworks and colourful lanterns are part of the festival.