Martinique 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.
Most of the holiday traditions in Martinique derive from France, of which Martinique is technically an overseas part. Thus, kissing under the mistletoe is a New Year’s tradition as much as a Christmas one. And toasting with a glass of champagne at midnight is considered almost obligatory.
The invitingly warm Caribbean climate adds another element to New Year’s celebrations in Martinique, however. Spending a day at the beach is a fun way to welcome in the new year, and you may see families out picnicking or at least having an outdoor barbecue.
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