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New Year's Day, as widely known, is the first day of the Gregorian calendar. It serves as a symbolic fresh start for individuals around the globe. Critical aspects of this observance notably include reflecting on the past year, setting resolutions for the new one, and celebrating this transition with various customs and traditions. The day is often marked with fireworks, concerts, parades, family gatherings, and other festivities.
The adoption of January 1st as New Year's Day in the Netherlands dates back to 1700 when much of the Western world embraced the Gregorian calendar over the Julian. It is worth highlighting the Dutch tradition of "Oudejaarsavond" or "Old Year's Eve," which anticipates the arrival of the New Year. Another significant Dutch aspect of New Year’s Day is the uniquely Dutch treat, "oliebollen," deep-fried sweet dumplings typically filled with raisins, a culinary tradition dating back to at least the Middle Ages.
New Year's Day in the Netherlands is enhanced by a series of special events and rituals. The Dutch often commence their New Year with a "Nieuwjaarsduik" or New Year's dive into the icy waters of the North Sea, a popular tradition since 1960. Families and friends also gather to enjoy "oliebollen" and sparkling wine. Cities across the nation mark the transition with firework displays and street parties. Particularly in Amsterdam, the celebrations continue into the early hours of the New Year. In keeping with the rest of the world, the Dutch celebrate New Year's Day on January 1st.
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