Kyrgystan celebrates New Year’s Day with a public holiday every 1 January, as does most of the rest of the world. However, the celebrations really begin on New Year’s Eve and reach a high point with the turning of the clock from 11:59pm on 31 December to midnight on 1 January.
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New Year’s Day is a time of resolutions and starting fresh for some, while for others it is spent recovering from a big, late night spent with friends and family.
Kyrgyzstan is well known for keeping up New Year’s celebrations with true “gusto”. There is much singing, dancing, and merriment at both public and private parties. And around midnight, you may sometimes hear locals shooting off guns straight up into the sky to mark the moment.
People up to hear the presidential New Year’s speech and watch a festive fireworks display. Interestingly, you may see what looks like a Christmas tree up in the town square, but it’s really a New Year tree. Santa Claus, called Father Frost, comes this time of year as well.