In New Zealand, New Years Day is a holiday taken alongside the day after New Years Day. These two holidays are celebrated to welcome in the New Year, often on January 1st and 2nd.
Upcoming Dates For New Years Day
New Years Day is the day after New Years Eve, which falls on the last day of December. New Years Day is traditionally on January 1st, while the following day is also a holiday. However, when these days fall on the weekend, their celebrations may be adjusted to reflect the public holiday. So if the 2nd is on a weekend day, it's celebration comes the following weekday. Here are the upcoming celebrations for the New Years holidays in New Zealand:
- Sunday, January 1, 2017 - New Years Day
- Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - Day After New Year's Day
- Monday, January 1, 2018 - New Years Day
- Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - Day After New Year's Day
- Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - New Years Day
- Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - Day After New Year's Day
- Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - New Years Day
- Thursday January 2, 2020 - Day After New Year's Day
- Friday, January 1, 2021 - New Years Day
- Monday, January 4, 2021 - Day After New Year's Day
- Saturday, January 1, 2022 - New Years Day
- Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - Day After New Year's Day
- Sunday, January 1, 2023 - New Years Day
- Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - Day After New Year's Day
- Monday, January 1, 2024 - New Years Day
- Tuesday, January 2, 2024 - Day After New Year's Day
- Wednesday, January 1, 2025 - New Years Day
- Thursday, January 2, 2025 - Day After New Year's Day
Where Is New Years Day Considered a Holiday?
Throughout New Zealand, New Years Day & the day after are taken as public holidays. On both of these days, government buildings and offices are closed. School is already closed, due to the break. Many privately owned businesses are closed as well. Therefore, almost everyone has the day off work to celebrate with friends and family.
Festivities & Events During New Years Day
Many people choose to celebrate the Day After New Years by relaxing after the previous nights' celebration. On New Years Day, there are festivals and celebrations, following the New Years Eve celebrations. There are social parties and gatherings as well. Many choose to ring in the New Year with friends and family, opting out of the traditional celebrations. There are others who choose to celebrate by watching cricket games on the television. When the 1st of January falls on a Friday, there is a four-day weekend. This is a good opportunity to travel and visit distant relatives. Or even simply take a vacation with the loved ones. Although there might be delays with flights, so make sure you're planning ahead.
A Brief History About
New Zealand is one of the first places to observe New Years. Although the origins aren't clearly defined, it has been celebrated for a long time. When the settlers from Britain came to New Zealand, they had to adjust their own New Years celebrations slightly. New Years Day falls in the winter in many countries, but in New Zealand, it is bright and sunny.