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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.

Candle holder and orthodox icons in background
Candles lit in an Orthodox Christian church.
Candles lit in an Orthodox Christian church.
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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.

Public life

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 countries

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Orthodox New Year Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunJan 141990Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
MonJan 141991Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
TueJan 141992Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
ThuJan 141993Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
FriJan 141994Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
SatJan 141995Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
SunJan 141996Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
TueJan 141997Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
WedJan 141998Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
ThuJan 141999Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
FriJan 142000Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
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MonJan 142002Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
TueJan 142003Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
WedJan 142004Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
FriJan 142005Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
SatJan 142006Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
SunJan 142007Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
MonJan 142008Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
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ThuJan 142010Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
FriJan 142011Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
SatJan 142012Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
MonJan 142013Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
TueJan 142014Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
WedJan 142015Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
ThuJan 142016Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
SatJan 142017Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
SunJan 142018Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
MonJan 142019Orthodox New YearOrthodox 
TueJan 142020Orthodox New YearOrthodox 

Quick Facts

Many Orthodox Christian churches in countries such as Australia celebrate New Year’s Day on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.

Orthodox New Year 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Orthodox New Year 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Name in other languages

Orthodox New YearEnglish
Orthodoxes NeujahrGerman

Alternative name

Old New Year
List of dates for other years

Related holiday

Other holidays in January 2015 in Australia

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