I have been trying to discover exactly what New Year's Day is.
Not an easy task.
People will say that it's the start of a new year but that's just the response of an unthinking mind and is as valid as saying "because".
Let me try to explain myself. Suppose just for a moment you meet up with an Extraterrestrial [I'm sure Supershadow wll have something to say on this] and he/she/it asks what New Year's Day is? Remember that this E.T. has no idea of calendars so you can't say the start of the new year [meaningless] or the first day of January [meaningless]. The only thing that will make any sense whatsoever is to tell the E.T. that it's the eleventh day after the Winter Solstice which at least defines a day that can be mathematically established.
It all goes back to the Julian Calendar apparently, and they established the start of the calendar year as the Feast of the Circumcision which will utterly confuse our friendly E.T. [Here we have a species that bases its year on genital mutilation? What the fuck?]
I know that New Year's Day has been celebrated at different days in the past, and some cultures have based their on the Lunisolar Calendar which makes a lot more sense, though don't ask me to work it out.
So here we are on an arbitrary day nursing hangovers from celebrating a day which in turn celebrates genital mutilation.
Makes you think?