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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Why Do We Celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25?
There are several reasons Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25. The date is nine months after March 25, a day recognized by Christians as Annunciation. It was the day Mary was told she would was having a baby. The nine months that follow are an approximation of Jesus’ birth. Dec. 25 also coincides with pagan Winter Solstice celebrations like Saturnalia' and Dies Natalis Solis Invicti. Since they were historically celebrated around that time of year there was precedent for holiday festivities during this time of year.
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What Does the Name 'Christmas' Mean and What Is the Meaning of Christmas?
Christmas is a shortened from the words “Christ’s mass.” It’s derived from the Middle English word "Cristemasse" which has Greek, Hebrew and Latin origins. Christmas is an annual holiday that honors the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated by Christians around the world and is regarded as an important religious and cultural holiday.
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How Can We Celebrate Christmas?
Christmas is traditionally celebrated in many ways and celebrations vary across cultures. In the days leading up to Christmas, people usually put up special decorations including colorful lights and evergreen trees. Gifts are often placed under the tree and exchanged on Christmas day among loved ones. Large meals are also typically served as part of the celebration as well.
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Like an effervescent winter sangría, this champagne punch captures seasonal flavors in bubbly holiday form. Start by marinating sliced pears in a sweet spiced syrup with brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice, then—just before your guests arrive—add blood orange slices, kumquats, and champagne (if you can’t find kumquats in the market, slice and add a second blood orange instead). This is a light punch (not too boozy!), festive and fabulous for a Christmas or New Year’s cocktail party, open house, or brunch.
Make-ahead note: The spiced syrup can be made and refrigerated in a container with a tight-fitting lid for up to 2 weeks.
For more cheer, check out our Brandy-Apple Punch, Barbarossa Punch, and St. Cecilia’s Punch.