The Maldives observes 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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You might think that in a remote place like Maldives 1 January would be of no significance, but this is not at all the case. Here too, the countdown to the new year on 31 December is an occasion for festivity and celebration.
On New Year’s Eve, the streets fill up with celebrants and become one big public party. Singing, dancing, drumming, and other musical and cultural performances take place on the main island’s streets, and restaurants may stay open all night long to maximise business. Many in Maldives also hold private parties at home.