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New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day 2022, 2023 and 2024

Greece celebrates New Year’s Day with a public holiday every 1 January, as does most of the rest of the world. However, the celebrations really begin on New Year’s Eve and reach a high point with the turning of the clock from 11:59pm on 31 December to midnight on 1 January.

YearDateDayHoliday
20221 JanSatNew Year's Day
20231 JanSunNew Year's Day
20241 JanMonNew Year's Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

New Year’s Day is a time of resolutions and starting fresh for some, while for others it is spent recovering from a big, late night spent with friends and family.

Children in Greece traditionally go carolling on New Year’s Eve and sing to neighbours for small gifts or money. They have special New Year’s songs that are sung each year. This reminds us of Christmas carolling in other countries.

Also, Greeks hang onions outside their homes on New Year’s Eve to bring good luck. They also hang pomegranates. Just before midnight, the family leaves the house. The first person back inside after midnight brings good luck to the home, while another family member smashes the pomegranate. The more seeds scattered, the luckier!

On New Year’s Day, it is an old tradition that a special cake is baked with a coin inside. Whoever gets the piece with the coin gets a year full of good luck.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20211 JanFriNew Year's Day
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day
20181 JanMonNew Year's Day
20171 JanSunNew Year's Day