Palestine 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.
There is mixed feeling about celebrating New Year’s Day according to the Gregorian Calendar in Palestine. Some celebrate it with decorations, family meals, midnight watches, and other ways similar to the West.
However, other people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip see the celebration of 31 December and 1 January in this manner as against Islamic traditions.