Orthodox New Year in Australia
Many Orthodox Christians in Australia celebrate the New Year on January 1 in the Julian calendar, which pre-dates the more widely used Gregorian calendar. This date falls on or near January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.
What Do People Do?
Some Orthodox Christians in Australia celebrate the New Year based on January 1 in the Julian calendar, which is on or near to January 14 in the Gregorian calendar. There are also Orthodox Christians who observe New Year’s Day (January 1) based on the revised Julian calendar, which correlates with the Gregorian calendar. Both Christmas Day dates fall within the Australian school holiday period so it is a time for many families to have time off and enjoy their summer vacation.
Orthodox New Year celebrations include social gatherings and dinners featuring traditional activities and dishes from other parts of the world such as eastern Europe. Many Orthodox Christians also attend special New Year’s Day liturgies at their churches.
Orthodox New Year’s Day falls on or near January 14 and is not a nationwide public holiday in Australia. However, parking and traffic around some Orthodox Christian churches where special New Year liturgies are held may be busy around this time of the year.
The Orthodox New Year is widely known as the Old New Year. It is marked as January 1 in the Julian calendar, which was used before the Gregorian calendar. The Orthodox New Year does not remain static in the Gregorian calendar because there are shifts between the Julian and Gregorian calendars over time. For example, the Old New Year falls on January 14 between 1901 and 2100 but it will move again in time if the Julian calendar is still used.
The Julian calendar was revised in 1923 and this version is more in line with the Gregorian calendar. Some Orthodox churches follow the revised Julian calendar but many Orthodox churches still follow the more traditional Julian calendar, which has the original dates for Christian observances prior to the Gregorian calendar’s introduction.
The Orthodox New Year has been symbolized or mentioned in various Eastern European art, including Russian or Ukrainian works.
About Orthodox New Year in other countriesRead more about Orthodox New Year.
Orthodox New Year Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Thu||Jan 14||2010||Orthodox New Year||Orthodox|
|Fri||Jan 14||2011||Orthodox New Year||Orthodox|
|Sat||Jan 14||2012||Orthodox New Year||Orthodox|
|Mon||Jan 14||2013||Orthodox New Year||Orthodox|
|Tue||Jan 14||2014||Orthodox New Year||Orthodox|
|Wed||Jan 14||2015||Orthodox New Year||Orthodox|
|Thu||Jan 14||2016||Orthodox New Year||Orthodox|
|Sat||Jan 14||2017||Orthodox New Year||Orthodox|
|Sun||Jan 14||2018||Orthodox New Year||Orthodox|
|Mon||Jan 14||2019||Orthodox New Year||Orthodox|
|Tue||Jan 14||2020||Orthodox New Year||Orthodox|
Quick FactsMany Orthodox Christian churches in countries such as Australia celebrate New Year’s Day on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.
Orthodox New Year 2016Thursday, January 14, 2016
Orthodox New Year 2017Saturday, January 14, 2017
Name in other languages
|Orthodox New Year||English|
Alternative nameOld New Year
- Orthodox Christmas Day – Thursday, January 7, 2016
Other holidays in January 2017 in Australia
- Last day of Hanukkah – Sunday, January 1, 2017
- New Year's Day – Monday, January 2, 2017
- Epiphany – Friday, January 6, 2017
- Orthodox Christmas Day – Saturday, January 7, 2017
- Australia Day – Thursday, January 26, 2017
- Chinese New Year – Saturday, January 28, 2017