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New Year's Customs Around the World

Originally published: December 2013

In the United States, New Year’s Eve (December 31) is a time when people celebrate the start of a new year with family and friends. Folks eat, drink and make toasts to health and happiness, while rejoicing in the good and lamenting the bad of the previous year. Resolutions and predictions for the coming year are made and there’s a spirit of hope throughout the country. New York City’s famous Times Square ball drop begins at one minute before midnight and is televised in the US and around the world. Across the country, cities and towns hold their own versions of the grand ball drop event as well.