It's Old New Year’s Day! Although the Gregorian calendar was created in 1582, many countries chose to ignore it for several hundred years. Instead, they used “Annunciation Style dating,” which recognized the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25) as New Year’s Day.
England didn’t adopt our modern-day Gregorian calendar until 1751. Russia held out until 1918! In fact, people in Russia, Switzerland, Macedonia, Georgia, Belarus, and Serbia still celebrate the Old New Year.
Plan a lovely dinner at home to celebrate the occasion with immediate family. Happy Old New Year!
- March 25, 2020 is also International Waffle Day | National Frozen Food Month | National Women's History Month
- March is International Ideas Month | National Celery Month | National Craft Month | National Peanut Month