Kuwait 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.
Kuwait has adopted the celebration of 1 January as New Year’s Day even though it often follows the Islamic Calendar for it other official holidays. Celebrations at hotels and in homes start up on 31 December and continue into the following day.
As elsewhere in the world, fireworks, midnight gatherings, exchanging verbal greetings, and contemplating the memories of the year gone by and the challenges of the year ahead are a part of the New Year’s traditions here.