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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Sweet mochi filled with red bean paste are a traditional Japanese New Year’s treat. We took that idea and satisfied our hunger for the mochi ice cream commonly served as dessert in Japanese restaurants by filling the rice cakes with red bean ice cream. To switch things up, you could fill them with green tea ice cream or any other flavor you please. But if you’re a traditionalist, opt for the red bean paste.
What to buy: Red bean ice cream is a milky dessert flavored with adzuki beans, and can be found in most Japanese markets or specialty food stores. Or you can make your own.
Instead of using a tablespoon to fill our mochi, we used a 1/2-ounce ice cream scoop.
Game plan: For optimum mochi texture, let the ice cream balls sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
This recipe was featured as part of our New Year’s, Japanese Style story.