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New Years Facts

  • New Year's Eve is called la Saint-Sylvestre as it is his feast day (every day is a different saint’s day). It’s called Saint Sylvestre after the 33rd pope during the reign of Constantine the Great. It is celebrated by le Reveillon (de Saint-Sylvestre).
  • Reveillon feasts include items like foie gras at a dinner with friends or une soiree dansante (ball). Reveillon. The festivities date back to Roman times with the tradition being that you should eat as much as possible until the New Year begins! The idea is that the more you eat, the more prosperous your New Year will be.
  • At midnight, people gather around to toast in the New Year. Everyone kisses and says Bonne Annee with good wishes for the upcoming year including bonheur, sante, amour, argent (good year, happiness, health, love and money)
  • Fireworks go off around France but not around the Eiffel Tower anymore (other than a few people risking being fined letting off illegal ones), only official major one in Paris is at Disneyland. New Year in Paris is celebrated now on the Champs Elysees around the Arc de Triomphe.
  • On New Year's Day, le Jour de l'An, friends/family get together to share resolutions and gifts/cards.
  • The end of the holidays is on 6 January with the Epiphany/Fete des Rois

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