New Year

n modern time, a secular holiday, the New Year, seems to have become a major holiday, somehow uniting all the regions of the erstwhile Christian world. In the countries where Christmas is celebrated by the new, Gregorian calendar – on 25 December – Christmas comes before the New Year celebrations and announces the beginning of the New Year’s holiday. In Serbs and in the Orthodox countries where the old, Julian calendar is still observed, Christmas is celebrated after the New Year holiday, on 7 January.


New Year’s celebration comes from a sort of an unrestrained mediaeval carnival, which used to be popular in Western Europe.