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Also calledInuit New Year, Happy Day[1]
Observed byInuit, Yupik, Aleut, Chukchi, Iñupiat
TypeCultural (Inuit)
Religious (Inuit religion, Shamanist and Christian)
SignificanceStart of the year
DateDecember 24 to January 1
Related toChinese New Year, Japanese New Year, Tibetan New Year, Korean New Year, Vietnamese New Year, Mongolian New Year, Nowruz, Sámi New Year, Yakut New Year

Quviasukvik, is the first day of the year according to the Inuit. The festival of the New Year is celebrated by the Inuit, Yupik, Aleut, Chukchi and the Iñupiat.[2] The feast originally derives from traditional Inuit religion but in modern times, it has Christian influences.[3][4]


The Quviasukvik festival starts on Christmas Eve and ends on New Year's Day. This festival celebrates the coming of the new year and the sea goddess, Sedna. During these days, many traditional customs are displayed. Due to Christian influences, Christmas was considered a new year to the Inuit.[5][6][7]

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