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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Steamed mussels are so ubiquitous you’d think they couldn’t be prepared any other way. But try them broiled. And topping them with paprika aioli boosts their flavor—enough to have turned a few mussel-haters into mussel-lovers in the Chowhound kitchen.
Game plan: The mussels can be made up to 4 hours in advance, and they actually improve in flavor when you do so. Follow the recipe through step 3, top with Sweet Paprika Aioli, then cover and refrigerate. When your guests arrive, pop them under the broiler, garnish with parsley and lemon juice, and serve.
This recipe was featured as part of both our Academy Awards Cocktail Party menu and our Bar Snacks photo gallery.