Anguilla 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.
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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 Anguilla, 31 December is called “Old Year’s Night“ and marks the beginning of festivities that culminate on New Year’s Day. Actually, the whole period between Christmas and 1 January is the busiest social time of year in Anguilla.
On Old Year’s Night, many in Anguilla will be seen wandering the streets from party to party, dancing and singing right in the streets themselves, and moving from one scheduled fireworks event to the next. Others may spend the whole night indoors with family, eating a well-planned meal and chatting with visiting relatives and friends. Still others will spend at least part of the evening at church.
The beaches will also be full on 31 December and 1 January. People head there for picnics on the sand, and some may even camp on the beach for a few days, swim, and barbecue by the shore.