Marking the New Year with festivity is a tradition in numerous cultures. Everyone celebrates the “official” New Year on the first day of January, by the Gregorian calendar. We all begin our festivities during the evening of December 31, waiting for the clock to strike at midnight on January 1. However, you don’t need to stop celebrating on January 2! The Bay Area is home to people from various places, so you might see residents and tourists here observing the New Year during virtually any season.

Celebrate the New Year Throughout 2020 With Many Different Cultures

Here are several examples of when this holiday is commemorated as a special occasion by our local cultural communities.

Shōgatsu: Japanese New Year
In Japan, this event is typically celebrated between the first and third days of January, just as most people do. But the festivities may also be extended through the first week of January. Temple bells typically ring on the evening just before January 1. The holiday is known as Shōgatsu, and it may also be referred to as Oshōgatsu.

Russian and Ukrainian New Year
Although Slavic people mark the New Year on January 1, many also celebrate Old New Year on January 14. January 14 reflects the Orthodox Christian calendar, and it is “January 1” on that old Julian calendar. Throughout the first two weeks of 2020, you will be greeted with the phrase “S Novim Godom” which refers to the New Year, known in Russian as Novy God.

Lunar New Year
Many Asian cultures honor the New Year in January or February, depending on when the new moon falls. In 2020, the Lunar New Year will begin on January 25, and the event generally goes for 10 days. This holiday is also known as the Spring Festival. This is celebrated by Asian people and countries, such as China, Korea, Tibet, and Vietnam. And it certainly is celebrated by our Asian communities here in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Other New Year Celebrations in Spring

Nowruz: Persians observe the New Year on March 21, which is the first day of spring. This day may be referred to as Nowruz or Norooz, both of which mean Persian New Year.

Kha b’ Nisan: The Assyrian New Year also celebrates spring, and it falls on the first day of April.

Songkran: In Thailand, people usher in the New Year from April 13 through April 15 or 16. In 2020, the time will be marked from the 13th through the 15th. 

Hindu New Year: In Hindi cultures, the New Year is celebrated at different times of the year, so this may affect your event planning if you are trying to organize such a celebration in the Bay Area. The various states recognize the time during a variety of dates, but in several places, the holiday begins on either April 13 or 14.

New Year Celebrations in Late 2020

Al Hijri: The Islamic New Year falls on the first day of the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar. In 2020, this public holiday will be on August 23. The holiday may be referred to as a few variations of Al Hijri or Al-Hijra.

Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year spans three days, which typically fall in late September or early October. In 2020, the dates are from sundown on September 18 through nightfall on September 20.

Diwali: This is another festival in India that celebrates the New Year as reflected by the Hindu calendar. This time is generally marked in October or November, and in 2020, it will fall on November 14.

Whenever You Celebrate, Usher in the New Year with Commodore

Celebrating the New Year is important to cultures across the world. Whether you are planning a special cultural event for your business or for friends and family, Commodore Events can provide a wide range of amenities. We regularly host offsite meetings and team-building events for a broad assortment of corporations and small businesses, helping them to reach their meeting return-on-investment (ROI) goals.
Commodore is also one of the leading yacht venues in the Bay Area, and we offer a magical experience. Our elegant Wine Fleet of yachts, haute cuisine, and superior customer service all serve to complement the unforgettable views of San Francisco Bay. No matter what season you choose to celebrate the New Year, we are happy to help make the day memorable.
Call us at (877) 346-4000, or feel free to contact us online for more information!