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New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day 2019 and 2020

Venezuela celebrates New Year’s Day with a public holiday every 1 January, as does most of the rest of the world. However, the celebrations really begin 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.

YearDateDayHoliday
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day
31 DecTueNew Year's Eve
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day
31 DecThuNew Year's Eve

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.

In Venezuela, New Year’s Eve and Day are easily among the most festive days of the entire year. The whole country gets up in a feverish party mood.

Street parties, live music concerts, hopping from party to party or from bar to bar for some, and shopping at culturally unique craft fairs are all standard. And the fairs also serve an abundance of traditional Venezuelan cuisine.

Some, however, prefer to spend most of the day at home. They watch the TV programs and listen to the radio. Songs about the passing of the good old year are sung, and midnight countdown shows are viewed. At the stroke of midnight, the Caracas Cathedral rings out loud, people toast and drink wine, and people wish each other good luck for another year.

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