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Australians

  1. 1. Australians celebrate New Year with extraordinary finesse, exuberance and flamboyance. Various spectacular and bedazzling firework shows and other entertainment events are organized throughout the country on December 31.
  2. 2. Today, most of the spirited people of Australia follow the Gregorian calendar, thus, marking January 1 as the first day of the year. However, this was not always the case; the Gregorian calendar was first brought to Australia by the early European settlers.
  3. 3. Prior to this, the nation followed the Julian calendar, which was somewhat shorter than the solar year. The need for a new day and date calculation system arose as the old calendar became highly inaccurate with the change in the seasonal cycle.
  4. 4. When Pope Gregory XIII introduced Gregorian calendar on February 24, 1582, it was accepted by European nations, like Spain, Portugal and parts of Italy without delay. However, many nations, such as the Great Britain, incorporated it as late as in 1752. Till date, not all Australians observe New Year according to the Gregorian calendar.
  5. 5. For instance, on July 1, the official tax year of the country begins. The large number of Asian community, settled here, celebrates the day as per their lunar calendar, which falls on the second or third new moon after the December Solstice, sometime between January 21 and February 20.
  6. 6. What really deserve a special mention, when discussing New Year in Australia, are the beliefs and practices that were followed by the aboriginal tribes, who dwelled here before the arrival of Europeans.
  7. 7. New Year Celebrations In the contemporary times, New Year is ushered in grand style across Australia. This day has been declared a public holiday in the country, which greatly adds to the festive mood of the people. They come out of their houses and attend several zealous public as well as private New Year celebrations held at various beautiful beaches, discotheques, pubs, clubs and hotels, accompanied by their relatives as well as friends.

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