I want to compare the date part of two
Date is just an instant in time. It only really "means" anything in terms of a date when you apply a calendar and time zone to it. As such, you should really be looking at
Calendar, if you want to stick within the standard Java API - you can create a
Calendar object with the right
Date and time zone, then set the time components to 0.
However, it would be nicer to use Joda Time to start with, and its
LocalDate type, which more accurately reflects what you're interested in.