We are on the ninth day of the year 2024 and it is still normal to meet a friend and receive or offer the traditional greeting of “Happy New Year”. Without going any further, surely this has happened to you on your return to work and as your colleagues have returned. It is a completely normal gesture. It’s not just courtesy: It is a way to feel part of a society that enters the new challenge that is another year. Furthermore, little by little you internalize that, in fact, we are no longer in 2023.
Now, there comes a time when saying or hearing “Happy New Year” starts to sound weird. Deciduous. Old. As a result, as the midway point of January arrives, it is normal to ask ourselves: How long is it appropriate to continue extending this congratulation? There are many possible answers.
The end of “Happy New Year”
Protocol experts consider thatIt is correct to congratulate the New Year until, in general, it is back to work. Therefore, and always according to protocol, last January 8 (with the Three Wise Men still in the memory of the little ones) would have been the last day to exalt a cheerful “Happy New Year!”.
If you are one of those who are not convinced by this protocol, we have another answer for you: what the popular Spanish proverb says about it. Specifically, we invoke this saying: “Until San Antón, it’s Easter.” San Antón is next Wednesday, January 17. So until that day, and always according to the proverb, we are still on the margin of being able to say “Happy New Year!” or the most cordial “Happy New Year.”
Exceptions: the case of congratulating the new year in Australia
The two answers we have given (the protocol one and the proverb one) are “valid” for Spain, where Christmas begins on December 22 and ends on January 7, since we celebrate the Three Wise Men. But in other countries, Christmas ends on January 1, and from that day on it is very rare to congratulate the year.
It is precisely a case that we recently discussed about a Spanish woman who lives in Australia and who shared her experience of congratulating the year there on January 5 on TikTok. “In Spain, New Year’s Eve is celebrated until approximately January 15, unless you meet someone you haven’t seen since last year, in which case, on March 2, how are you, Happy New Year,” begins his narration. .
This Spaniard works as a waitress in Spain, and commented that already on January 1, many diners and clients were surprised by her effusiveness when congratulating the new year. This surprise was accentuated when, on January 5, she commented that, in Australia, “There is no longer even the slightest trace that it was ever Christmas.”