New Year’s Day is a holiday in Honduras as part of celebrations that start 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.
Honduras has plenty of fireworks displays and public New Year’s parties, like the famous one in Copan Ruinas for example, taking place in its cities. But one of the most interesting traditions is mostly restricted to rural areas.
This is the tradition of making a man out of newspapers and old clothes and burning him as symbolic of getting rid of the old year. Many people make their homemade mannequins look like politicians or other public figures they don’t like.
Another popular event in Honduras on New Year’s Eve is the ringing of the church bell in Comayagua. The clock on the church building is the oldest functioning clock in the Americas and has been telling time since the Twelfth Century. Originally, it was built by the Moors back in Spain before being shipped to the New World. The ringing of the Comayagua church bells is televised so that the whole country can tune in.