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New Years Day is an internationally recognized day to commemorate the beginning of a new calendar year. Most countries in the western world hold a celebration on New Years Eve (the night before the New Year starts) and crowds of people get together with their family or friends to celebrate the end of an old year and beginning of something new.
Many cities around the world hold major fireworks displays and official parties in the downtown centre where people gather to share the New Year beginning with everyone.
The New Years Eve celebrations usually hold a countdown of seconds building up the strike of 12.00. It is usually at this point the fireworks display begins.
The New Years Day is always one week after the Christmas Day, and so many people in the western world will take the full weeks holiday off and visit family and friends.