End-of-Year Days (Starts)

End-of-Year Days Quick Facts

2019 Date26 December 2019
2020 Date26 December 2020
End-of-Year Days (Starts)

End-of-Year Days History

The End of Year Days are celebrations that are held on the last days of the year around the world. In most Western countries these are the days leading up to the final celebration on New Years Eve, whereas in a nation like China it is called Spring Festival and occurs in a different month based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

In Western countries, the End of Year Days usually start on 27 December and last through the end of the year on 31 December. Celebrations for these days vary greatly and some countries enjoy days off of work throughout this time.

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End-of-Year Days Facts & Quotes

  • On the last day of the year in Times Square New York, a New Year’s Eve ball drops to mark the New Year. It was first dropped in 1907 after a fireworks ban.
  • In Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, families stuff a large doll with memories from the past and name the doll “Mr. Old Year” in the days leading up to the New Year.
  • Chinese New Year is celebrated on the second full moon after the winter solstice and does not coincide with western New Years.
  • In Ancient Rome, the New Year used to begin on 1 March. Today 1 March is not used as the first day of the year by any nation.
  • In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.

End-of-Year Days Top Events and Things to Do

  • Get your finances in order. As the year comes to an end, it is important to set a new budget and organise your finances. Many companies undertake accounting procedures to produce final yearly statements on these days.
  • Get together with family and friends and have a dinner. Try to include some traditional New Years food from other countries such as Scandinavian risgrynsgröt, Central Europe’s pickled herring, Italian contechino con lenticchie, Eastern European cabbage dumplings, Japanese Osechi and Hispanic 12 grapes.
  • Spend the days leading up to 1 January making your New Year’s resolutions. Regardless of what country you are from or how good or bad you are at things in life, everyone can make a New Year’s resolution. Resolve to improve yourself in one way next year!
  • Watch a movie-marathon. This is a fun way to spend the last days of the year indoors with family and friends, especially if you live up north. Some of our favourite New Year’s movies are Poseidon (2006), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Money Train (1995), New Years Eve (2011) and 200 Cigarettes (1999).
  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #EndofYearDays, #NewYearsEve and #LastDaysoftheYear.

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