The true New Year Day is March 20th not January 1st!
According to our modern calendar, on March 20, at precisely 1:14 a.m. EDT (March 20), the sun cross directly over the Earth’s equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox (from the Latin vernare, to bloom) in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox.
Translated literally, equinox means “equal night.” Because the sun is positioned above the equator, day and night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes. In many cultures & ancient times this is a time for rituals of balance and new beginnings, and even marks the beginning of the year itself.