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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Thiscocktail from author and former Gramercy Tavern managing partner Nick Mautone is made with pear eau de vie, a side of pear, and a touch of bubbly.
What to buy: Choose a pear eau de vie that’s rich and a little sweet rather than one that’s sharp like a grappa. We like Belle de Brillet, from France.
Game plan: You can prepare the pears up to 8 hours in advance and store them in the refrigerator.