New Caledonia 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.
Interestingly, New Year’s Day on the first day of January is the most widely celebrated holiday on the planet. That’s because most countries now use the Gregorian Calendar. Some still use the old Julian Calendar and observe New Year’s Day on 14 January, and few countries follow some other calendar.
Noumea, the capital city of New Caledonia, is the centre of major New Year’s events. There you will find the grandest and most expensive fireworks displays and the biggest countdown parties. But there are smaller parties, both private and public, taking place all over New Caledonia on 31 December each year.
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