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Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

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Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

It just occurred to me, it's not historical or religious. it's just the 1st day of a new year. just another day change. maybe celebrate, that's fine. but, schools closed. no mail, fed closed, etc. Why all that if it really doesn't have much significance except new day of the Gregorian calendar?
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

So everyone can sleep off their hangovers.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

Shhhh... we donít get nearly enough holidays in the US. Donít bring it up!
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

Originally Posted by davidh777 View Post
So everyone can sleep off their hangovers.
Basically this. Everyone is up until past midnight and most are drinking so really having people work the next day would be kinda silly. Better to just make it a holiday.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

^ No wonder there are so many unhappy Walmart/Target (etc.) employees on New Year's Day. Don't try to stop them for help while they're on their way to the bathroom to puke their guts out. Better yet, just leave them the fuck alone. Who's stupid enough to make people work on New Year's Day anyway?
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

It seems New years Eve is bg but then people work on New Years day and it feels like the end of the holidays and back to your regular routine.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

I wouldn't hurt for reasons posted above. If companies check productivity on New Year's Day, I would bet they would see the bare minimum being done. Just go ahead and make it a holiday, that way, people will be more attentive and ready to work on the 2nd.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

Major corporations have asked the same question.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

Originally Posted by davidh777 View Post
So everyone can sleep off their hangovers.
Exactly. As much as weíd like to think itís a nice gesture from our companies to give us the day off, Iím sure the actual reasons are more cynical and Capitalistic. Employers donít want to pay for a bunch of unproductive workers today nor deal with a ton of sick calls, forced overtime, etc.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

Originally Posted by davidh777 View Post
So everyone can sleep off their hangovers.
Ding ding ding! As already mentioned, most people would not be very productive if they had to work today.

Originally Posted by kakistos View Post
Shhhh... we donít get nearly enough holidays in the US. Donít bring it up!
Yeah really, you guys just need to happily accept what few holidays you get!
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

I actually took tomorrow and Friday off too so I could have a five-day weekend. Americans get a piddly fucking six national holidays. Don't go fucking it up.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

Originally Posted by kakistos View Post
Shhhh... we donít get nearly enough holidays in the US. Donít bring it up!
Right? I remember Washington's Birthday and Lincoln's Birthday being two separate holidays, then they were joined into "Presidents' Day", and now you count yourself very lucky if you even get that day off.

Most Americans don't get a day off til Memorial Day, a full five months from now.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

Why are Christian holidays even celebrated by a secular government? Let's get rid of Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

At least New Years Day celebrates Janus, an obsolete god.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

Q: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?
A: Because, law. Specifically, Title V of the United States Code (5 U.S.C. ß 6103)

5 U.S. Code ß 6103.Holidays
(a)The following are legal public holidays:
New Yearís Day, January 1.
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the third Monday in January.
Washingtonís Birthday, the third Monday in February.
Memorial Day, the last Monday in May.
Independence Day, July 4.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September.
Columbus Day, the second Monday in October.
Veterans Day, November 11.
Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November.
Christmas Day, December 25.

....a legal public holiday [includes] any other day declared to be a holiday by Federal statute or Executive order.
I could provide a lmgtfy link if you would like that.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

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Why are Christian holidays even celebrated by a secular government? Let's get rid of Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

At least New Years Day celebrates Janus, an obsolete god.
How is Thanksgiving a religious holiday?
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Originally Posted by spainlinx0 View Post
How is Thanksgiving a religious holiday?
because Jesus brought us to the Indians.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

Originally Posted by kenbuzz View Post
Q: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?
A: Because, law. Specifically, Title V of the United States Code (5 U.S.C. ß 6103)



I could provide a lmgtfy link if you would like that.
might be law, but has no historical significance whatsoever...
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

We are a capitalist country and there is a huge financial investment in NYE being a national party night, and that would not happen (and people would not spend tons of money) if they had to go to work the next morning.
Plus with two holidays so close together, often resulting in long weekends anyways, plus with schools being out, it allows the people who can afford it to have an excuse to take a two week winter vacation.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

Originally Posted by spainlinx0 View Post
How is Thanksgiving a religious holiday?
Because Turkey.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

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Why are Christian holidays even celebrated by a secular government? Let's get rid of Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

At least New Years Day celebrates Janus, an obsolete god.
Since when is Easter a federal holiday?
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

Originally Posted by kakistos View Post
Shhhh... we donít get nearly enough holidays in the US. Donít bring it up!
Exactly. Shit in China New Yearís is a whole week celebration, but usually people there get even more time than just that. Here in the US weíre lucky to get the holidays we do. Not sure why anyone would complain or question the ones we have.

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Since when is Easter a federal holiday?
Iíve always found it a bit odd Easter isnít considered a holiday and yet Christmas is. I suppose in general more people celebrate Christmas whether theyíre religious or not, but both are religious days of significance, and many people probably consider both a holiday.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

Originally Posted by spainlinx0 View Post
How is Thanksgiving a religious holiday?
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

Giving thanks to whom?
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Giving thanks to whom?
The ones making the ultimate sacrifice...the turkeys.
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Iíve always found it a bit odd Easter isnít considered a holiday and yet Christmas is. I suppose in general more people celebrate Christmas whether theyíre religious or not, but both are religious days of significance, and many people probably consider both a holiday.
Easter is always on a Sunday. Christmas can fall on any day of the week. That makes it an easy out for many companies to claim employees are already off to celebrate.
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Re: Why is New Year's Day a national holiday?

New Year's Day is a superstitious holiday.

It's also a useful social observation. Sort of a "reset, start over" day of great psychological benefit.

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