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|The last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar is usually celebrated with parties as midnight approaches|
New Year's Eve is 31st December, the last day of the year, in the Gregorian calendar.
Countries who still use the Julian Calendar observe New Year's Eve on 13th January.
New Year's Eve is traditionally celebrated with firework displays across the globe at 00:00 in the local time zones.
New Year's Day was fixed at 1st January in 153 BCE, when the two Roman consuls, after whom - in the Roman calendar - years were named and numbered, chosen that date, mainly for military reasons.
During the Middle Ages, a number of different Christian feast dates were used to mark the New Year, though calendars often continued to display the months in columns running from January to December in the Roman fashion.
Most countries in Western Europe had officially adopted 1st January as New Year's Day even before they adopted the Gregorian calendar. This was called Circumcision Style, because it was the date of the 'Feast of the Circumcision', which occured on the eighth day after Christmas Day, and is said to have been the day when Christ was circumcised.
"Auld Lang Syne", written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788, is traditionally sung at midnight on New Year's Eve. The words auld lang syne mean "times gone by".
About 1 million people will gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop at midnight on 31 December and mark the arrival of the new year. The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop tradition began in 1907 following a ban on the firework display that had taken place since 1904. The first ball weighed 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt lights. The current ball is 12 feet in diamtere, weighs 11,875 pounds and is covered 2,688 Waterford crystals, lit by 32,000 LED lights.
New Year's Eve is traditionally the time to make New Year's resolutions, which one hopes to fulfill or abide by in the coming Year; such as stop smoking or drinking alcohol, or lose weight or get physically fit.