New Year's Eve in Poland
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).
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.
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.
Fireworks are lit to welcome the New Year at midnight between December 31 and January 1.
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New Year's Eve Observances
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Quick FactsMany 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 2016Saturday, December 31, 2016
New Year's Eve 2017Sunday, December 31, 2017
Name in other languages
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- New Year's Day – Friday, January 1, 2016
Other holidays in December 2016 in Poland
- Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 2016
- Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016
- Second Day of Christmas – Monday, December 26, 2016