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 recipe morphs the classic Chinese pairing of roasted duck with plum sauce into a crispy spring roll appetizer. The filling is made by mixing shredded duck confit meat with sautéed mushrooms, carrots, onions, and sweet water chestnuts. It’s wrapped in thin rice-paper wrappers, deep-fried, and served with a hoisin-plum dipping sauce. Buy duck confit legs at gourmet grocery stores or make your own with CHOW’s easy Slow Cooker Duck Confit recipe.
What to buy: Hoisin sauce is a thick, sweet condiment made from sugar, soybeans, garlic, sesame seeds, chiles, and spices. Plum sauce, sometimes known as duck sauce, is a sweet-and-sour condiment made with plums, sugar, and seasonings. Both hoisin and plum sauces can be found in the ethnic aisle at most grocery stores or in Asian markets.
Or, try our easy, homemade sweet and sour sauce recipe.
Special equipment: You will need a deep-frying/candy thermometer for this recipe.
This recipe was featured as part of our Game Meat Recipes for the Big Game.