Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe, as in France, New Year’s Eve is also celebrated as The Feast of Saint Sylvester. On New Year’s Eve, fireworks, dancing, street parties, private parties, beach bashes, public concerts, and even parades may take place.
It is traditional to stay up until the clock reaches 12am and to toast to the new year with a glass of champagne. The greeting for New Year’s Day often includes a wish for good health aside from just having a happy new year.
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