For the most impatient travelers the Italian town of Pisa in March 2019 offers to celebrate start of the next 2020 year! It is in spring – March 25th – for many centuries Pisa celebrates New Year, not waiting for December 31 th.
The date March 25th is very close to the spring equinox, i.e. the beginning of a tropical (solar) new year. This is proved annually by the “sundial” of the town: at noon on March 25th a ray of sun goes inside the town’s cathedral through the round window and illuminates the marble ball in the center.
Start of a new solar year in the town includes the costumed procession with flags, medieval dances and concerts, and in the evening – traditionally for New Year – bright fireworks.