by Deanna Mascle, Source: www.isnare.com Under which calendar is New Year’s Day Jan. 1? Julian Calendar Gregorian Calendar Jewish Calendar Chinese Calendar All of the above What calendar determines the date of the Chinese New Year? Lunar Solar Chinese Zen Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the new year for what religion? Muslim Christian Buddhist Jewish Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday that begins Dec. 26 and extends through Jan. 1. What does the word mean in Swahili? First fruits First people First days First dance In the Middle Ages most European countries used the Julian calendar, so they observed New Year’s Day when? February 14th March 25th April 1st May 21st The name January is derived from the Roman god Janus. What is he the god of? Wine and grapes Babies and childbirth Clocks and calendars Gates and doors When do the practioners of Tibetan Buddhism celebrate New Year’s? Never January February March The Roman New Year festival was called the Calends, and people decorated their homes and gave each other gifts. In early times, the ancient Romans gave each other New Year’s gifts of branches from sacred trees. Later they gave small items, such as nuts or coins, imprinted with pictures of what God? Julius Caesar Jesus Christ Janus Zeus What New Year’s gift did ancient Persians give? Money Eggs Cakes Rugs In ancient Egypt what event dictated the timing of New Year’s celebrations? Pharaoh’s birthday Flooding of Nile Solar eclipse Exact alignment of stars with Great Pyramid About the Author: Deanna Mascle runs triviabydawggone.com and triviateaseronline.com plus two trivia ezines.