New Year’s Day is a holiday in Chad 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.
On 1 January, Chad’s businesses shut down so people can celebrate the dawn of a new year with feasting, fun times with family, and a host of special public events and private parties.
Even though Chad’s Muslim majority will celebrate their own New Year based on the Islamic Calendar, nonetheless, most people in Chad observe the changing of the year according to Gregorian tradition and welcomes a day off work.
Partying goes on at public squares and restaurants as well as at tourist-frequented hotels. Millions of Chadians are truly in a festive mood on both 31 December and 1 January every single year.