New Year’s Eve or Old Year’s Night is the final day of the Gregorian year. New Year’s Eve is a separate observance from that of New Year’s Day. In modern Western practice, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with parties and social gatherings spanning the transition of the year at midnight.
Many cultures use fireworks and other forms of noise making in part of the celebration. New Year’s Eve is observed universally on December 31st according to the year numbering of the Common Era, or A.D. Anno Domini convention, even in non-Christian nations. New Year’s Eve is also the seventh day of Christmas in western Christianity traditional and religious celebrations.
While many people go to parties to celebrate New Year’s Eve, according to a recent survey, 62% stay at home. Seven percent do not celebrate New Year’s Eve at all, though a proportion of those may well tune into the live TV broadcasts from the comfort of their homes. A fun fact: The ball in New York first dropped at Times Square in 1908.
Samoa and parts of Kiribati are the first places to welcome the New Year, while Baker’s Island in the United States is among the last. (from: Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com