November 5th, 2014

Christmas and New Year traditions described by Aruba's stamp issue is glad to inform that Aruba Post released a series of festive stamps celebrating Christmas and New Year 2014. The issue consists of four items that were put into circulation on the 22d of October.

Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ celebrated on December 25. It incorporates religious practices, exchanging gifts, decorations at home, companies, and public areas, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Clause to arrive.

New Year's Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar used in the Roman Empire since 45 BC. Romans originally dedicated New Year's Day to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings for whom the first month of the year (January) is named.

In present day, with most countries now using the Gregorian calendar as their de facto calendar, New Year's Day is probably the world's most celebrated public holiday, often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone.

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