Many Wiccans and Pagans don't celebrate calendar New Year, because we follow the Wheel of the Year. I think we need to reconsider this. Yes, I follow the Wheel of the Year too. It makes more sense to me to follow a solar calendar. You have to consider, though, that the secular 12 month calendar was originally a pagan calendar as well.
|Janus, the Two Faced God|
So often we look at the secular calendar and don't realize where it comes from. Yes, there was a Pope that changed it around, hence the term Gregorian Calendar (Pope Gregory XIII) but most of the names are still those of Roman Gods and Emperors.
January for Janus, The Two Faced God. February for Februa, the feast of purification. March for Mars (in Latin, that's Martius). April comes from a word meaning second, since it was at one time the second month of the year. May was named for the Earth Goddess, Maia. June was named for Juno, the patron Goddess of Rome and Queen of the Gods. July, of course, named for Julius Caesar. August was named after Augustus Caesar. September means seventh month, October means eighth, November means ninth, and December means tenth, which makes sense when you think about the names. If you look at it, out of 12 months, 7 are named for Important Romans or Roman Gods and Goddesses. Not a bad count if you ask me.
So is the secular calendar really as secular as we think? I bet not. Especially not when we consider the days of the week. Monday/Moon's Day. Tuesday/Tyr's Day. Wednesday/Odin's Day. Thursday/Thor's Day. Friday/Freyja's Day. Saturday/Saturn's Day. Sunday/Sun's Day.
All in all, I think the rest of the world is more Pagan than they think