New Year’s Day is a holiday in Timor Leste as part of celebrations that start 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.
On New Year’s Eve, many will gather with family for a party and a festive meal. They will stay up late and maybe watch some local fireworks display set off at midnight. Since many in Timor Leste are Roman Catholic, some will also attend mass on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.
Celebrations in Timor Leste are also helped by the fact that New Year’s Eve is also a public holiday for National Heroes Day. So many people have two days off work to relax and celebrate.