New Years Around the World, 2021

Around the world, there are no shortage of ways to measure the passage of time. While the Gregorian calendar has become standard in many parts of the world, it’s often replaced systems with deep cultural and historical roots.

While some calendars have faded from use, time itself doesn’t stop, so timekeeping is, in a way, eternal. Whether or not you count the same days, observe the same holidays, or recognize the same cycles of time as your ancestors – the systems they developed, and even our current systems, will outlast the cultural memory, enduring forever. Cultures around the world, both past and present, have already named yesterday, today, tomorrow, and every day to come. The day some call January 1, 2021, others know as Dōngyuè 18, 4718, and whether or not you’re celebrating the start of a new year on that day, it doesn’t matter, because every day is likely New Years Day in some culture, somewhere on this Earth, even if no one living remembers. And that’s a reason to celebrate every day of life.

Graphic by Jordan Engel. As always, the Decolonial Atlas’ original media can be reused under the Decolonial Media License 0.1.

CalendarNew Year’s Day, 2021Name of New Year’s Day ObservanceName/Number of Year
GregorianJan 1, 2021New Year’s2021
JapaneseJan 1, 2021ShōgatsuReiwa 3
AmazighJan 13, 2021Yennayer2971
TibetanFeb 12, 2021Losar2148, Iron Ox
KoreanFeb 12, 2021Seollal4354
ChineseFeb 12, 2021Nónglì Xīn Nián4719, Ox
MexihcahFeb 23, 2021Yancuic Xihuitl10 Tochtli (Rabbit)
IgboFeb 27, 2021Iguaro1022
Bahá’íMar 20, 2021Naw-Rúz178
IranianMar 20, 2021Nowruz1400
KurdishMar 20, 2021Newroz2721
SikhMar 29, 2021Hola Mohalla553
Shaka SamvatMar 29, 2021Nyepi1943
Vikram SamvatMar 29, 2021Gudi Padwa2078
AssyrianApr 1, 2021Kha b-Nisan6771
BurmeseApr 13, 2021Thingyan1383
Cambodian-ThaiApr 13, 2021Songkran2564
NepaliApr 14, 2021Nava Varsha2078
BengaliApr 14, 2021Pahela Baishakh1428
TripuriApr 14, 2021Tring1432
TamilApr 14, 2021Puthandu5123
YorubaJun 3, 2021Odunde10063
Maya Cholq’ijJun 28, 2021Wajxaqib’ B’atz’13 (Long Count)
IslamicAug 10, 2021Raʿs as-Sanah al-Hijrīyah1443
JavaneseAug 10, 2021Satu Suro1955
ArmenianAug 11, 2021Navasard1471
MalayalamAug 17, 2021Vishu1196
ByzantineSep 1, 2021Leitourgikí Protochroniá7530
JewishSep 7, 2021Rosh Hashanah5782
CopticSep 11, 2021Nayrouz1738
EthiopianSep 11, 2021Enkutatash2014
JainNov 2, 2021Bestu Varas2548
GujaratiNov 5, 2021Bestu Varas2078


  1. Hello & thank you for so many amazing WORLDVIEW-CHANGING projects you share with the world.

    It’s appreciated.

    I found this note interesting but surprising. It gives a reinforcement to Eurasian buy-ins — stereotype ideas that everything came from Eurasia and nothing much happened here among WHI.

    The list of cultures showing the high numbers gives the impression that ONLY Eurasian cultures go back in time that far. It reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of my pet-peeve list that excludes the [4] colonized continents in our educational systems. ‘Anywhere but here’ — Assyrian, Chinese, Yoruba [yay!], Byzantine, Jewish, Tamil.

    Where’s the Romans, Greeks, Macedonians, Fertile Crescent? They came over and taught the Indians agriculture, didn’t they? I guess the list reflects it with these ‘ancient cultures’.




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