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 Oscars–ready variation on the champagne cocktail strikes a bravura balance between refined and boldly flavored, thanks to an easy-to-make orange syrup with an intriguing profile. You start by combining orange liqueur, anise-flavored Pernod, bay, orange zest, and allspice berries with a little sugar, and cooking to form a simple syrup. Strained and chilled, this forms the basis of this drink, topped off with sparkling wine. Garnish with something festive and serve at your most elegant Academy Awards party, or any other occasion that needs a delicious little glamour boost.
Make-ahead note: The orange syrup can be made up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated in a covered container.
We featured this recipe on our Academy Awards Cocktail Party menu. For more, check out our Aperol Spritz, Prosecco Negroni, and French 75.