I want to wish everyone a wonderful new 2016. I hope that the new year is filled with joy, health, and prosperity. There have been many hardships globally and personally (for myself and others I know) so it is with wholehearted sincerity that I hope the new year brings with it as much peace, health and prosperity to everyone on the planet.
New Year’s Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. In pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar, the day was dedicated to Janus, god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is also named. As a date in the Gregorian calendar of Christendom, New Year’s Day liturgically marked the Feast of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus, which is still observed as such in the Anglican Church and Lutheran Church. In present day, with most countries now using the Gregorian calendar as their de facto calendar, New Year’s Day is probably the most celebrated public holiday, often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone. Other global New Years’ Day traditions include making New Year’s resolutions and calling one’s friends and family.
— Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year’s_Day