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New Year's Eve

Last day of the Gregorian calendar year / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve, also known as Old Year's Day or Saint Sylvester's Day in many countries, is the evening or the entire day of the last day of the year, 31 December. The last day of the year is commonly referred to as “New Year's Eve”. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated with dancing, eating, drinking, and watching or lighting fireworks. Some Christians attend a watchnight service. The celebrations generally go on past midnight into New Year's Day, 1 January.

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New Year's Eve
Fanciful sketch by reporter and artist Marguerite Martyn of a New Year's Eve celebration, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of 4 January 1914.
Also called
  • Hogmanay (Scotland)
  • Calennig (Wales)
  • Ambang/Malam Tahun Baharu/Baru (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore)
  • Yangi Yil, Yılbaşı arifesi, Yeni İl ərəfəsi (Uzbekistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan)
  • Karamu (African diaspora)
  • Silvester (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland)
  • Réveillon (Algeria, Angola, Brazil, France, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, Romania, Wallonia, and French-speaking locations in North America)
  • Kanun Novogo Goda (Russia)
  • Ōmisoka (Japan)
  • Pele ga Ngwaga o Mosha (Botswana)
  • Nochevieja (lit. Old Night) (Spain and other countries where Spanish is mostly spoken)
Observed byUsers of the Gregorian calendar
SignificanceThe last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar
CelebrationsReflection; late-night partying; family gatherings; feasting; gift exchanges; fireworks; countdowns; watchnight services; social gatherings, during which participants may dance, eat, consume alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks
Date31 December
Next time31 December 2023 (2023-12-31)
Related toNew Year's Day

The Line Islands (part of Kiribati), Samoa and Tonga, in the Pacific Ocean, are the first places to welcome the New Year, while American Samoa, Baker Island and Howland Island (part of the United States Minor Outlying Islands) are among the last.[1]