The US Virgin Islands 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 The US Virgin Islands, year-end festivities traditionally begin the day after Thanksgiving. Then come Christmas and Boxing Day. It culminates in New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
You will find fireworks events on Saint John, Saint Thomas, and Saint Croix. On the latter island, you will encounter the annual Carnival event on the edge of December and January. This is a time with an abundance of colorful amusements and a slew of interesting competitions.
During New Year’s Eve and Day, many in the US Virgin Islands cook and eat a pot of “kallaloo”. This is a gumbo-style soup with meat, fish, okra, spinach, and a host of other ingredients. They may also eat “rodgrod”, a Danish-style tapioca pudding for dessert. And you will hear local music like reggae and calypso and see people dancing the bamboula or the quadrille in the streets.
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