Is Celebrating New Year a Pagan Tradition?

You may long have suspected it, and the answer is yes. Celebrating New Year is a pagan tradition, but how old exactly is it and who introduced it? This video looks at the pagan origins of New Year celebrations, examining some of the oldest New Year festivals we know of before tracing the journey of the New Year towards the present day.


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Posted on January 4, 2022 by A.J. Drew
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