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New Year's Eve or Old Year's Night is observed on December 31, the final day of the Gregorian year, the day before New Year's Day. New Year's Eve is a separate observance from the observance of New Year's Day.
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             New Year's Eve is celebrated universally December 31

New Year's Eve is celebrated universally December 31 according to the year numbering of the CE (Common Era), or AD (Anno Domini) convention, even in non-Christian nations. Traditional and religious celebrations for e.g. the Muslim and Jewish new year, which occur on different dates, are still celebrated separately in the cultures that observe them, on the appropriate dates each year.

In modern practice, fireworks, music, alcoholic beverages and other forms of noise making is part of the New Year's Eve celebration. New Year's Eve is celebrated with parties and social gatherings spanning the transition of the year at midnight.

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            Staying At Home

While many people go to parties to celebrate New Year's Eve,
according to a 2004 survey, 62% prefer to stay at home, though a
proportion of those may well tune in to the live TV broadcasts from
the comfort of their homes.
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            Songs

In English-speaking countries, a few popular songs are associated
with New Year's Eve and it is common to hear them on the radio
these countries on, or shortly before, December 31.

"Auld Lang Syne" (a Scottish folk song written by Robert Burns,
the song most closely associated with the holiday)
"Let's Start the New Year Right" from Holiday Inn by Bing Crosby.
"It Was a Very Good Year" by Frank Sinatra.
"It's Just Another New Year's Eve" by Barry Manilow.
"Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg
"Happy New Year" by ABBA
"Imagine" by John Lennon
"The New Year" by Death Cab For Cutie
"A Long December" by Counting Crows
"New Year's Eve" by The Walkmen
"New Year's Day" by U2
"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
"Maybe Baby (New Year's Day)" by Sugarland
"New Year's Eve (song)" by Snoop Dogg
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            Examples of "Localised Celebrations"

1.) England

Clocks symbolize the transition that occurs at the stroke of midnight on this occasion, with London's celebration featuring primarily the clock housed in the Clock Tower at the Palace of Westminster, recognized world-wide as "Big Ben". Its chimes can be heard thirteen times on New Year's Eve, whether live or made available world-wide with extensive media coverage. The arrival of the new year is considered official "when the clock chimes thirteen times." The celebrations have been televised from London over the last few years by the BBC in England and Wales. In 2010, more than 200,000 people across the UK gathered to view the seven-and-a-half minute display of firework above the London Eye.

Other major displays are held in Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle

Bideford in North Devon is also renowned for its New Year's Eve celebrations and traditional fancy dress, the centre of the celebrations on the quayside and around the Old Bridge. However, South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust publicly raised concerns about how the annual party is organised.

2.) United States
In the United States, New Year's Eve is a major social holiday. One of the top destination cities for New Year's Eve is New York City.

In the past 100 years the "ball dropping" on top of One Times Square in New York City, broadcast to all of America (and rebroadcast in many other countries), is a major component of the New Year celebration. The 11,875-pound (5,386 kg), 12-foot (3.7 m) diameter Waterford crystal ball located high above Times Square is lowered, starting at 11:59:00pm and reaching the bottom of its tower 60 seconds later, at the stroke of midnight (12:00:00am). This is repeated in many towns and cities across the United States. From 1981 to 1988, New York City dropped an enlarged apple in recognition of its nickname. It is sometimes referred to as "the big apple" like the city itself; the custom derives from the time signal that used to be given at noon in harbors.

From 1972 through 2007 (except in 1999), Dick Clark hosted televised coverage of the event called Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, shown on ABC, and now renamed Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest for the arrival of 2009 with Ryan Seacrest handling hosting duties. The show did not air for the arrival of 2000 as it was preempted by ABC 2000 Today, but Dick Clark reported during the "ABC 2000" broadcast, with an introduction from Peter Jennings, saying some would not consider it the New Year if Dick Clark did not count it down. From 1956 to 1976 on CBS, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians serenaded the United States from the ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue in New York City. The Royal Canadians continued on CBS until 1978, and Happy New Year, America replaced it in 1979, continuing until 1995. The song Auld Lang Syne has become a popular song to sing at midnight on New Year's Eve, with the Lombardo version being the standard. NBC also has hosted New Year's coverage; traditionally, the networks' late night hosts have hosted special editions of their regular shows (including a special Central Time Zone-specific countdown on Late Night with Conan O'Brien), but since 2005, the network has opted for a special entitled New Year's Eve with Carson Daly. Fox, CNN, and Fox News Channel also have their own New Year's specials. One of the more popular traditions is the Twilight Zone marathon hosted on Syfy (formerly SciFi).
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            Objects Dropped on New Year's Eve

List of Objects dropped on New Year's Eve

Certain cities in the U.S. have their own local version of the traditional New Year's celebration, even while keeping an eye on New York, and echoing the New York tradition of ball drop, these cities also descend or lower an object (or an enlarged representation of an object).

There are also examples of objects being raised. The countdown in Seattle is done by raising the Space Needle's elevator and launching fireworks up the side of the tower until both reach the top at midnight.

Major cities including Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, New Orleans, Las Vegas and San Francisco host annual New Year's celebrations similar to the annual celebration in Times Square. New Year's Eve is a major event. The streets are shut down as crowds of people gather together to celebrate the New Year.

New Year's Eve is traditionally the busiest day of the year at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California, where the parks stay open late and the usual nightly fireworks are supplemented by an additional New Year's Eve-specific show at midnight.

New Year celebrations in certain regions are punctuated by celebratory gunfire which could potentially cause injuries or deaths. Police departments in these cities, aided by gun safety organizations, have attempted to crack down on this practice through technology and the enforcement of stiffer penalties.

The Children's Museum of Houston has a celebration called New Year's Noon available for families, with a Brilliant Ball Drop and Countdown "like they do in Times Square", but at noon instead of midnight.

Over 60 cities nationwide celebrate First Night, a non-alcohol family-friendly New Year's Celebration, generally featuring performing artists, community events, parades, and fireworks displays to celebrate the New Year.

It is common to spend New Year's Eve with loved ones and to kiss them at midnight. It is also a popular occasion for marriage proposals and elopements.
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Also called:
Hogmanay (Scotland),
Calennig (Wales),
Silvester (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine),
Réveillon (France and Brazil),
Ano Novo (Brazil, Portugal),
Año Nuevo (Latin America),
Nochevieja (Spain, Hispanic America),
Cap d'Any (Catalan Countries),
Oud en Nieuw (Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname, Netherlands Antilles)

Observed by:
People around the world

Type: International

Significance: The final day of the Gregorian year

Date: December 31, climaxing at midnight

Celebrations:
Reflections, Late-Night Partying, Family- Gatherings, Feasting, Present Exchanges, Fireworks, Countdowns

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