When Is New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve is on Dec. 31. This year, New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday.
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What Is New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve is the last day of the year on the Gregorian calendar.
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How to Celebrate New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is typically celebrated with a party that culminates in a countdown. Many people drink champagne, dance, enjoy music, and light fireworks. Various "good luck foods" like black-eyed peas and grapes are also served to ring in the new year. In the U.S., the old Scottish song "Auld Lang Syne" is sung as partygoers exchange hugs and kisses at midnight.
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Who Celebrates New Year's Eve?
Anyone can celebrate New Year's Eve if they follow the Gregorian calendar.
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Why Do We Celebrate New Year's Eve on Dec. 31?
Dec. 31 is the last day of the Gregorian calendar. It precedes Jan. 1, the first day of a new year (New Year's Day).
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This is the sweet version of our Basic Savory Mochi. The addition of corn syrup allows the dough to remain soft, even when wrapped around ice cream. Though untraditional, if you have some rice cakes leftover, try them toasted under the broiler for a few minutes.
What to buy: Mochiko is glutinous rice flour that is commonplace in Japan. It can be found at Asian markets.
Game plan: For the best texture, form the mochi immediately after making the dough. The mochi can be formed and stored, covered, in the freezer for up to 7 days. Be sure to let them defrost before using.
This recipe was featured as part of our New Year’s, Japanese Style story.