In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve, the last day of the year, is on December 31 which is the seventh day of the Christmas season.
Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
New Year is the time at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar's year count increments by one.
The Gregorian calendar is internationally the most widely used civil calendar.
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In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year.
An alcoholic drink, or alcoholic beverage, is a drink that contains a substantial amount of ethanol, a depressant which in low doses causes euphoria, reduced anxiety, and sociability and in higher doses causes intoxication, stupor and unconsciousness.
Eating is the ingestion of food, typically to provide a heterotrophic organism with energy and to allow for growth.
Fireworks are a class of low explosive pyrotechnic devices used for aesthetic and entertainment purposes.
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Some Christians attend a watchnight service.
A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
A watchnight service is a late-night Christian church service.
The celebrations generally go on past midnight into January 1.
Midnight is the transition time period from one day to the next: the moment when the date changes.
Samoa, Tonga and Kiritimati, part of Kiribati, are the first places to welcome the New Year while American Samoa and Baker Island in the United States of America are among the last.
The Independent State of Samoa, commonly known as Samoa and, until 1997, known as Western Samoa, is a unitary parliamentary democracy with eleven administrative divisions.
Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, is a Pacific Ocean raised coral atoll in the northern Line Islands, and part of the Republic of Kiribati.
Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 169 islands of which 36 are inhabited.