New Year's Eve

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New Year's Eve
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Fireworks in New Year's Eve celebration in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Also called
  • Hogmanay (Scotland)
  • Calennig (Wales)
  • Malam Tahun Baru (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore)
  • Silvester (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Serbia Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland)
  • Réveillon (Wallonia, Brazil, France, Portugal, Romania, and French-speaking locations in North America)
  • Kanun Novogo Goda (Belarus, Russia, Ukraine)
Observed byPeople around the world
SignificanceThe final day of the Gregorian calendar year
CelebrationsReflection; late-night partying; family gatherings; feasting; gift exchanges; fireworks; countdowns; watchnight services; social gatherings, during which participants dance, eat, consume alcoholic beverages, and/or watch or light fireworks
DateDecember 31
Next time31 December 2023 (2023-12-31)
Related toNew Year's Day

In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve (also known as Old Year's Day or Saint Sylvester's Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on December 31 which is six days after Christmas Day. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year. Some people attend a watch night service. The celebrations generally go on past midnight into January 1 (New Year's Day).

Samoa and parts of Kiribati are the first places to welcome the New Year while Baker Island, in the United States, is among the last.


People attend church services at many churches in Zambia. The service begins at 9PM. At the stroke of midnight, people start to pray. The service ends mostly 05AM the the following morning.

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