Day after New Year’s Day for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Monday, January 2nd. There are until the next observance.

The Day after New Year’s Day is observed on January 2 if New Year’s Day occurs during the week or on the following Monday if New Year’s Day falls on a weekend, and we will do the obvious thing on a holiday-chill. Did you know that the new year used to be on March 15th? Isn’t it strange? Because it lies 12 hours ahead of GMT, New Zealand is usually the first country to celebrate New Year’s Day. The day following New Year’s Day is a public holiday in New Zealand, with citizens and companies taking the day off.

📆 When is Day after New Year’s Day?

This year, Day after New Year’s Day is on January 2nd. It is the 1st Monday in January; in 2024, it is on Tuesday.

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📜 History of Day after New Year’s Day

The earliest known new year celebration in ancient Babylon occurred in the year 2000 B.C. The calendar of the Babylonians was based on the movement of the moon and sun. Their new year is celebrated in the month of Nisan, the first new moon following the spring equinox (mid-March in the Gregorian calendar). Prior to the ancient Roman calendar reformation in Numa’s period, the Romans used the ten-month calendar claimed to have been founded by Romulus, Rome’s first ruler.

March was the first month on the calendar. As a result, the new year’s festivities were held on March 1. January and February were later added to the Roman calendar as the final two months. However, after a while, people came to see them as the first two months of the year. By 153 B.C., the Romans had begun to celebrate the new year on January 1.

After being appointed Consul and observing the negative impact of the Roman calendar on state management, Julius Caesar introduced new calendar changes. He changed the calendar to reflect the movement of the sun and designated January the first month of the year. For the following 1,600 years, much of the Western world followed the calendar, and many of them celebrated the new year on January 1.

During the Middle Ages, the Church temporarily substituted key religious holidays for the first day of the year, such as the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25 and Jesus’ birthday on December 25. This stopped happening when Pope Gregory XIII put in place the Gregorian calendar in 1582, making January 1 the new New Year’s Day.

☑️ Day after New Year’s Day facts

✅ Most resolutions fail by February
Most people have abandoned or forgotten their New Year’s resolutions by February.

✅ Sparkling wine is the drink of choice
On New Year’s Eve, over 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are drunk in the United States.

✅ Ethiopia celebrates the new year on September 11
Ethiopia follows the Ethiopian calendar, with 1 Mäskäräm as New Year’s Day (September 11 in the Gregorian calendar).

✨ Things to do on Day after New Year’s Day

⚡ Go camping
There are a number of campsites accessible during this period for folks who wish to spend some time in the great outdoors. Use websites such as and to locate excellent camping areas for you and your friends or family. Make your bookings as soon as possible because this is one of the busiest camping seasons of the year.

⚡ Have a barbecue
Your front yard or backyard may be used for a variety of purposes, including hosting your annual B.B.Q. party the day after New Year’s Day. Throwing a BBQ party is straightforward after you’ve mastered the grill. If you do, all that remains is to prepare the punch, ice, and games, as well as to send out the invites. An online crash course is accessible for those who have never grilled before.

⚡ Relax and chill
There’s nothing wrong with taking a break from the festivities of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Put on your favorite baggy sweatpants and sweatshirt, get some cool beverages and munchies, and watch your favorite television show.

📅 Day after New Year’s Day Observances

2023 January 2 Monday
2024 January 2 Tuesday
2025 January 2 Thursday
2026 January 2 Friday
2027 January 2 Saturday

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