Pitcairn Islands 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.
Long ago, Polynesians established a civilisation on Pitcairn and Henderson Islands that last four centuries. But it was long gone by the time the mutineers from the Bounty arrived to settle the area. They also brought some Polynesians with them. They made a new beginning in a far-flung part of the world, and every New Year’s Day is a time to reflect on what kind of society their colony has now become.
One key new year’s tradition in the Pitcairn Islands is making new year’s resolutions. This gives people a chance to reflect on the successes and failures of the previous year and to plan to find ways to do better. Midnight countdowns, champagne toasts, and festive feasting all have their place too, of course!
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