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What are some pagan origins of New Years celebrations ?

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Well... New Year's isn't a religious holiday, it would be basically the same thing as Winter Solstice, it is just adjusted so that the months are all approximately the same length. Winter solstice is the longest day of the year, the days following keep getting longer. It was believed to be a time of birth and renewal, the old year dying, the new one starting.

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New Year's Day celebrations are some of the oldest in recorded history...

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Check out some American Indian beliefs too! Good time for cleansing.

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