Happy New Year 2022

New Year’s Day or January 1st marks the starting point of a new calendar year. People all over the world celebrate this special day with fireworks, grand feasts, and other joyful activities. On New Year's Day, each and everyone wears brand new clothes and congratulates each other.

There are a number of strange and fascinating New Year's traditions all over the world. For example, when New Year arrives, the first ritual of Sri Lankan people is lighting the hearth of the house and milk rice is a traditional dish which Sri Lankan people prepare on the New Year feast that symbolizes prosperity. Food plays a significant role in New Year celebrations in Sri Lanka.

In Sydney, the commencement of the New Year is indicated by a massive fireworks show. It is estimated that more than one million people watch the show at the Sydney Harbor. In other cities, smaller shows are arranged by local authorities.

The first-ever known New Year celebrations were in Mesopotamia (a region in Western Asia) and it was recorded about 4,000 years ago. After the vernal equinox in late March, the Babylonians of ancient Mesopotamia would celebrate the rebirth of the natural world with a multi-day celebration named “Akitu”.

Unfortunately, we cannot celebrate 2022 New Year like previous years because of the coronavirus pandemic that the whole world is suffering at the moment. But still, we can celebrate it by following the health regulations provided by the World Health Organization.

Why does the New Year commence on January 1st?


  • The Roman republican calendar and the Julian calendar both acknowledged January 1st as the commencement of the New Year. The date was selected partly in honor of Janus, the Roman god of beginnings.

New Year is a historical day, which is a very important day in our life. The New Year is a wonderful time to create a change for the better. Learn from the mistakes and failures of the last year, and move ahead with a new resolution.  However, research tells that many New Year's resolutions fail. Being realistic about the goals you set and not creating too many New Year's resolutions might help you to gain success and achieve your goals.

A new year is like starting another chapter in your life journey. It’s your opportunity to write an extraordinary story for yourself. Happy New Year!

Dinal Nagahawatte
Nalanda College, Colombo 10
Grade 10


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