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01/18/2011 06:16 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Celebrate New Years 17 Times in January Alone

Why celebrate New Year's only once a year? It's possible to celebrate New Year's every month of the year (118 New Year's Days each year!).

Here are the New Year days you can celebrate during January:

1 -- New Year's Day -- The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties.

1 -- Japanese New Year's Day -- Also known as Gantan-sai or Oshogatsu, this Shinto holiday celebrates the new year with prayers for renewal, good health, and prosperity.

2 -- Happy Mew Year for Cats Day -- I found this celebration in a veterinarian's calendar.

4 -- Happy Nude Year -- To promote the launch of Lifetime TV's How to Look Good Naked on January 4, 2008, 160 women participated in The Parade of Robes handing out Happy Nude Year sound cards. Celebrate Happy Nude Year now every year on the 4th!

4 -- Sikkimese New Year -- The Sikkimese New Year or Losoong is celebrated on the 1st day of the 11th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. It is also called Sonam Losar, Ladakhi New Year, or the Farmer's New Year. Some people celebrate this day on the 18th day of the 10th month or the 25th day of the 10th month.

7 -- Egyptian New Year's Day (Sekhmet) -- Honors the Egyptian goddess of the sun.

8 -- Druidic New Year (according to one source)

11 -- Old Scottish New Year -- On the old Scottish New Year (the original Hogmanay before the calendar changed in 1660), Scots celebrate the Burning of the Clavie (a tar-filled barrel). This burning is symbolic of purification.

12 -- Age of Enlightenment New Year's Day -- In 1985, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi announced the Dawn of the Age of Enlightenment. This day is now celebrated as the New Year's Day for the Age of Enlightenment.

13 -- Hen Galan New Year's Day -- For the 200 inhabitants of Gwaun Valley, near Fishguard, Dyfed in Wales, the new year does not begin until January 13th because they've stuck with the Julian calendar and did not give up the 11 days lost when the rest of Great Britain switched to the Gregorian calendar in 1752. They call their New Year's Day Hen Galan.

14 -- Armenian New Year -- Because Armenia still relies on the old Julian calendar, they celebrate New Year's on January 14th.

14 -- Eastern Orthodox New Year's Day -- Some Eastern Orthodox churches, such as the Russian Orthodox church, celebrate New Year's Day on this date (which is the new year for the Julian calendar).

14 -- Julian New Year -- The Roman Era year of 2763 begins on January 14, 2011. During the 20th and 21st centuries, this is the New Year's Day for the Julian calendar. Some Eastern Orthodox churches still celebrate New Year's on this day.

15 -- Procrastinator's New Year -- If you are a procrastinator, you should be getting around to celebrating the new year today. Do it today. Or tomorrow. No hurry.

19 -- Mahayana Buddhist New Year -- In Mahayana Buddhist countries, the new year starts on the first full moon day in January. Web: http://www.buddhanet.net/ festival.htm.

20 -- Tu B'Shevat (New Year of Trees) -- The Jewish Arbor Day or New Year of Trees (one of four Mishnaic new year's feasts) was originally the time to set the tithe for fruit trees. It now allows us to show respect to trees and other plants, celebrate our connection to the environment, and appreciate the fruits of the land. It is celebrated on the 15th day of Shevat in the Hebrew calendar (although it was once set for the 1st of Shevat). Plant a tree or eat a piece of fruit on this day.

28 -- Traditional Scottish New Year -- Many Scots traditionally celebrated the new year at the beginning of the Runic half month of Elhaz (which runs from January 28 to February 11). This month signifies sanctuary, protection, optimistic power.

For more New Years days, see http://www.manyhappynewyears.com.