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New Year's Eve in Poland

New Year’s Eve is a festive occasion that is celebrated in Poland on December 31. It is the day before New Year’s Day, which is the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.

New Year's Eve is a festive time for many Polish people.
New Year's Eve is a festive time for many Polish people.
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What do people do?

Fireworks are lit and seen in the skies above many cities in Poland around midnight between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Many people toast drinks to farewell to the old year and welcome the New Year at this moment. It is also customary to wish friends and family a Happy New Year.

Other popular activities include sleigh rides, bonfires, dances, balls, parties and other forms of entertainment to celebrate the welcoming of the New Year. Meals include sausages or bigos (a Polish stew).

Public life

New Year’s Eve is not an official public holiday in Poland, but it is a busy time of the year for many shops, restaurants, and other commercial businesses. Traffic may be heavy in some parts of the bigger cities and transport services may be busy, as many people travel to attend events or spend time with family and friends.

Background

Many people in Poland and around the world celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31 and New Year’s Day on January 1 in the Gregorian calendar.

Symbols

Fireworks are lit to welcome the New Year at midnight between December 31 and January 1.

About New Year's Eve in other countries

Read more about New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonDec 311990New Year's EveObservance
TueDec 311991New Year's EveObservance
ThuDec 311992New Year's EveObservance
FriDec 311993New Year's EveObservance
SatDec 311994New Year's EveObservance
SunDec 311995New Year's EveObservance
TueDec 311996New Year's EveObservance
WedDec 311997New Year's EveObservance
ThuDec 311998New Year's EveObservance
FriDec 311999New Year's EveObservance
SunDec 312000New Year's EveObservance
MonDec 312001New Year's EveObservance
TueDec 312002New Year's EveObservance
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FriDec 312004New Year's EveObservance
SatDec 312005New Year's EveObservance
SunDec 312006New Year's EveObservance
MonDec 312007New Year's EveObservance
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SatDec 312016New Year's EveObservance
SunDec 312017New Year's EveObservance
MonDec 312018New Year's EveObservance
TueDec 312019New Year's EveObservance
ThuDec 312020New Year's EveObservance

Quick Facts

Many people in Poland celebrate New Year’s Eve, which is the last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, on December 31.

New Year's Eve 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Sylwester (święto)Polish
New Year's EveEnglish
SilvesterGerman
List of dates for other years

Related holiday

Other holidays in December 2015 in Poland

Fun Holiday on December 31, 2015

Other calendars

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