Updated: Jan 8
The original Roman calendar was a lunar calendar, and a huge mess, as part of his reform,
the Roman Ruler Julio Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month's namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future.
New Year's Eve is the last day of the year and the day before New Year’s Day, which marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar in 1582. It was adopted immediately in some areas of Europe, but it was not used in various countries until even centuries later. For example, the United Kingdom and the United States started observing the Gregorian calendar in 1752, in which 11 days were dropped.
Our celebration of New Year’s Day on January 1 is a human-made creation, not precisely fixed by any natural or seasonal marker. It’s a civil event, not one defined by nature. Yet, for us there is a feeling of rebirth and that’s probably why New Year’s resolutions are so popular in our 50 states.
WHEN IS LUNAR NEW YEAR 2022?
Chinese New Year will occur on Tuesday the 1st of February 2022 and on that day also will begin the year of the Tiger in Chinese Astrology.
According to the Chinese tradition the Year of the Tiger is the third of 12 astrology signs in the Chinese Zodiac. The Lunar New Year marks the transition from one sign into another, which in this case is Ox into Tiger.
2022 is a Year of the Tiger, starting from February 1st, 2022, and ending on January 21st, 2023. It is a Water Tiger year.
The Year of the Tiger occurs every 12 years, so if you're born in 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010, then you're ruled by the powerful tiger.