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  • Many happy returns (greeting)


    "Many happy returns" is a greeting which is used by some on birthdays, and by others in response to "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year". Since the 18th century this has been used as a salutation to offer the hope that a happy day being marked would recur many more times. It is now primarily used, by some, on birthdays. Prior to the mid-19th century, it was used at any celebratory or festive event. The phrase is more common in British English, Indian English, Hiberno English and to some degree in Canadian English than in American English. Current usage is often as a more formal option than "Happy Birthday". It is also often found on greetings cards. Its earliest attributable use was by Lady Newdigate in a letter written in 1789 (and published in Newdigate-Newdegate Cheverels in 1898) The letter was written in London on 31 May 1789 by Hester Margaretta, Lady Newdigate, to her husband, Sir Roger Newdigate, 5th Baronet, and refers to a wish for their wedding day. A much earlier reference is found in Joseph Addison's newspaper The Freeholder: An alternative explanation is that "returns" here is used in the sense of "yield" or "profit", as in "investment returns".

  • New Year's Day


    New Year's Day, also called simply New Year, is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. In pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar, the day was dedicated to Janus, god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is also named. As a date in the Gregorian calendar of Christendom, New Year's Day liturgically marked the Feast of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus, which is still observed as such in the Anglican Church and Lutheran Church. In present day, with most countries now using the Gregorian calendar as their de facto calendar, New Year's Day is probably the most celebrated public holiday, often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone. Other global New Year's Day traditions include making New Year's resolutions and calling one's friends and family.Fireworks in London on New Year's Day at the stroke of midnight.

  • New Year card


    Jewish New Year card Bozen-Bolzano's sites A New Year card is a secular version of a Christmas card. It is mostly used by non-religious persons, who have no interest in referring to Christmas or using Christian symbols. A focus is given to the new year and to the wishes of "happiness", "health", "contentment" and "success" in the forthcoming year.

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