Every country indulges in some form of annual celebrations from partying to giant bonfires. The passing of time is an inevitable occurrence and one that cannot be controlled, so many choose to embrace times passage and celebrate the end of one and the beginning of another.
Four thousand years ago the Babylonians lived in what is now modern day Iraq. The history of New Years Day can be traced back to this time. The Babylonians originally celebrated the time of the new moon which usually occurred around the middle of March. This would make since especially as springtime is associated with the renewal of life by way of rebirth with the flowering of plants and the planting of crops. The Babylonians celebrations lasted over a week with about eleven days, each having a different celebratory theme.