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New Year's Day in Poland

January 1 is New Year’s Day (Nowy Rok) and is a national public holiday in Poland every year.

Fireworks are lit to celebrate events such as the New Year in Krakow, Poland.
Fireworks are lit to celebrate events such as the New Year in Krakow, Poland.

What do people do?

New Year's Day and New Year’s Eve, known in Poland as Sylwester (St Silvester's Day), marks the start of the carnival period, which features celebratory events like balls and parties. A fun tradition that has been popular for centuries is the kulig (sleigh rides). Many people in Poland celebrate New Year’s Day with dances, concerts, and meals featuring traditional Polish dishes including bigos (hunter’s stew).

Public life

New Year’s Day is a national public holiday in Poland, so schools, banks, government offices and most private businesses are closed. There is a trade prohibition on public holidays in Poland. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.


New Year’s Day marks the start of the year in the Gregorian calendar, which is used in many countries, including Poland. This holiday is celebrated in many countries worldwide.


The end of the old year and the start of the New Year are symbolized by a celebration of fireworks in many cities in Poland at midnight between December 31 and January 1.

About New Year's Day in other countries

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New Year's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
FriJan 12010New Year's DayNational holiday
SatJan 12011New Year's DayNational holiday
SunJan 12012New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 12013New Year's DayNational holiday
WedJan 12014New Year's DayNational holiday
ThuJan 12015New Year's DayNational holiday
FriJan 12016New Year's DayNational holiday
SunJan 12017New Year's DayNational holiday
MonJan 12018New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 12019New Year's DayNational holiday
WedJan 12020New Year's DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

New Year’s Day, on January 1, is the first day of the year and a public holiday in Poland.

New Year's Day 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year's Day 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016


Name in other languages

Nowy RokPolish
New Year's DayEnglish

List of dates for other years

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Other holidays in January 2016 in Poland

Fun Holiday on January 1, 2016

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