New Year’s Day is a holiday in Angola as part of celebrations that start 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.
New Year’s Day is in the middle of a small flurry of holidays on Angola’s calendar, with Christmas Day and Colonial Repression Martyr’s Day on 4 January surrounding it.
This is an exciting time in Angola, which since colonial times has used the Gregorian (Western) Calendar. People often gather together with family for a meal on New Year’s Eve and stay up till midnight or later as they welcome the new year in.
The biggest fireworks displays in Angola are in the capital city of Luanda, where you’ll also find a lot of special events at restaurants, hotels, and tourist centres. Shopping is also a big event in Luanda on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.