New Years Day

New Years Day

When is New Years Day 2021?

New Years Day Celebration

Every year begins with New Year's Day as per the Gregorian calendar in Canada; it's the first day of the year and comes after one week of the prior year's Christmas Day.

Traditionally, New Year's Day is celebrated at 00:00 with fireworks scenes around the world. Many people set a tradition of making resolutions on the occasion of the New Year. The most widespread New Year's resolutions are more exercise, stay healthy, lose weight, and eat healthy as per the ComRes survey.

History of New Year's Day:

Canada follows the Gregorian calendar, introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII and was approved in several western European areas. Firstly, every country used the Julian Calendar, which was replaced by the Gregorian Calendar and the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar introduced it in 46 BCE. It was replaced as it has too many leap days. The beginning of the Gregorian calendar permitted recurrence along with the equinox.

As per the Gregorian calendar information, the last day of the year is 31st December, and the year's first day is Ist January. Canadians enjoy the two days as New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

What opens or closes on New Year's Day?

All government offices, libraries, public services, banks, Beer Stores, and grocery stores are closed. Clubs, pubs, and other fun spots have organized special festive events. Also, COVID-19 testing centers will be open on New Years' Day but operating at lessened hours.

On New Year's Day, most financial institutions are shut on Ist January. Many banks have internet and mobile banking options that help you access the banking service even if closed.

On New Year's Eve, Some banks are open for a limited time due to pandemic, and most of the banks remain open such as

  • Bank of Montreal: Opening timings are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Bank of Nova Scotia: Regular opening hours
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce: Opening timings are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Royal Bank of Canada: all branches will be closed at 3 pm
  • Toronto-Dominion Bank: Opening timings are 8:00 am -6:00 pm
  • National Bank of Canada: Regular opening hours
  • Desjardins Group: Regular opening hours
  • HSBC Bank of Canada: Opening timings are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Laurentian Bank of Canada: Opening timings are 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Canadian Western Bank: Opening timings are 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Is New Year's Day a Statutory Holiday in Canada?

New Year's Day is the truly public holiday globally, always celebrated with fireworks at midnight as the new year begins. Most businesses stay closed on this day, which is open, offering only restricted services. This day is a statutory holiday in all provinces and territories of Canada. If New Year's day comes on Saturday or Sunday, this holiday will move to Monday, January 2 or 3.

On 2nd January, the day after New Year's Day is an annual public holiday for schools, Post Offices, several banks, and government offices in Quebec, Canada.

What do people eat on New Year's Day?

Canadian eat seven lucky foods on New Year's Day. Each meal is uniquely a symbol of fortune. Pork represents wealth and progress, grapes resemble good luck, people also consume rice noodles, which indicates longevity, lentils are a sign of prosperity, pomegranate symbolizes good fortune, fish embodies abundance and wealth, and ring-shaped cake is the promise of good luck in your life. People believe that good fortune is guaranteed throughout the year if they consume this food on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

How Canadians celebrated New Year's Day?

Canada is a true winter wonderland for a great New Year's Eve occasion. Canada knows to enter the New Year with incredible fireworks from parties in Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Quebec City, Banff, and Niagara Falls. On 1st January, carnivals such as parades, music, church, and family meals are celebrated worldwide as New Year's Day. Many celebrations begin on New Year's Eve and continue until midnight on 1st January.

Canadians are a diverse combination of cultures and traditions, but the one thing they connect is to dedicate it to the start of the new year by 31st December each year.

People used the #NewYearsDay hashtag on social media to mark this day. Hence, you can use it to send messages to your family, friends and colleagues. In most Canadian areas, people gather in homes, restaurants, bars, drink, dance, and hang out until midnight. Many communities enjoy the fireworks display. This year on the eve of New Year, some of the most remarkable events occur across the country.

Some Canadians go out of town for an ice-fishing tour with friends and family or admire the Northern Lights for the New Year.

New Years Day Observances

Year Date Day Holiday
2021 31 Dec Fri New Year's Eve
2021 1 Jan Fri New Year's Day
2020 31 Dec Thu New Year's Eve
2020 1 Jan Wed New Year's Day
2019 31 Dec Tue New Year's Eve
2019 1 Jan Tue New Year's Day

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New Years Day Facts

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CANADA

January 1, 2021

Quick Schedules

This Year Friday, 1 Jan, 2021
Next Year Saturday, 1 Jan, 2022
Last Year Wednesday, 1 Jan, 2020
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