New Year’s Day in Canada ― Date, History, and Details

New Year’s Day in Canada

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History of New Year’s Day in Canada and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

In Canada, New Year’s Day is a public holiday. It is celebrated on January 1, the first day of the year on the Gregorian calendar.

Canadians typically celebrate New Year’s Eve (le réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre) with a large meal and festivities such as singing and dancing. Many people stay up until midnight to watch the New Year’s Eve countdown on television and then participate in the singing of “Auld Lang Syne”. Fireworks are also a popular way to ring in the new year.

On New Year’s Day, Canadians often spend time with family and friends, exchange gifts, and make resolutions for the coming year. Some people participate in sports activities such as hockey games, curling bonspiels, and skiing.