Denmark 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.
Danes are famous for the jubilant and exuberant manner in which they welcome the new year each year. It’s basically like one gigantic national party. The most identifiable starting point would probably be the Queen’s speech at six in the evening on 31 December, New Year’s Eve.
Next, people often watch the movie “Dinner for One”, which is very popular across much of Europe. Many will head to the city square, especially the one in Copenhagen, to wait for midnight. Fireworks start at sundown and continue until sunrise on 1 January.
Many who celebrate at home jump suddenly out of their seats at the stroke of midnight because it is thought to be good luck to “jump into” the new year! Many also go out to eat on New Year’s Eve, so many restaurants are open all night.
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