New Year's Eve in Philippines in 2024

New Year's Eve in Philippines in 2024
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New Year's Eve
  Dates of New Year's Eve in Philippines
2024 Philippines Tue, Dec 31 National Holiday
2023 Philippines Sun, Dec 31 National Holiday
2022 Philippines Sat, Dec 31 Not A Public Holiday
2020 Philippines Thu, Dec 31 National Holiday
2019 Philippines Tue, Dec 31 National Holiday

The last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar is usually celebrated with parties as midnight approaches

  New Year's Eve in other countries
New Year's Eve internationally
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When is New Year's Eve?

New Year's Eve is December 31st, the last day of the year, in the Gregorian calendar.

Countries that still use the Julian Calendar observe New Year's Eve on January 13th.

New Year's Eve is traditionally celebrated with firework displays across the globe at 00:00 in the local time zones.

History of New Year's Eve

New Year's Day was fixed at January 1st in 153 BC, when the two Roman consuls, after whom - in the Roman calendar - years were named and numbered, chose 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 January 1st 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 occurred on the eighth day after Christmas Day, and is said to have been the day when Christ was circumcised.

Traditions of New Year's Eve

"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 December 31st 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 diameter, weighs 11,875 pounds and is covered 2,688 Waterford crystals, lit by 32,000 LED lights.

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."

In Japan, at midnight on Shōgatsu (New Year’s Eve), Buddhist temples ring their bells 108 times to ring in the New Year and drive away the 108 evil desires that humans fall prey to. This event is called Joya no Kane and is carried on Japanese radio.

In Chile it is traditional for people to go to their local cemetery to party. It isn't so much for luck, more a chance to be reunited with lost loved ones. 

Spaniards eat a each grape for chime of the clock at midnight. Whoever finishes before the chimes end gets luck and happiness in the coming year. 

The Irish put some mistletoe under their pillows before going to sleep on New Year's Eve. It brings luck in love and a future husband or wife. 

In the Philippines they wear polka dots to guarantee wealth. Roundness signifies prosperity so they fill pockets with coins and eat circular fruits too. 

Families in Ecuador build a scarecrow and burn it to destroy all the bad things from the past 12 months. 

Red underwear brings good luck in Turkey on December 31st, but the colour is associated with evil the rest of the year and should not be worn. 

In Brazil white flowers are thrown into the ocean for Goddess of the Sea, Yemanja. Other offerings like perfume are sent out in small wooden boats. 

Italians throw old possessions from their balconies on to the streets below, the but watch out  - the items can be anything from toasters to fridges. 

Onions are hung on front doors in Greece to signify rebirth and regrowth and in the morning, parents get kids up for church by smacking them with the vegetable. 

In parts of Latin America, on New Year's Eve people wear yellow underwear if they want good luck in the New Year and red underwear if they want love.

New Year's Eve is celebrated in Scotland more than in the rest of the UK. This is because Christmas was effectively banned in Scotland from 1560 until 1712 due to the Scottish Reformation and only became a public holiday in 1958. Instead of Christmas, the Scots threw their end-of-year festivities into New Year. Rather than have a holiday on New Year's Eve, the canny Scots give themselves an extra public holiday on the Day after New Year to help recover. Read more about Hogmanay.

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Eve is traditionally the time to make New Year's resolutions, which one hopes to fulfil or abide by in the coming year; such as stop smoking or drinking alcohol, or lose weight or get physically fit.

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