New Year’s Day is a holiday in Seychelles 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.
Seychelles has a reputation as a resort country where parties never seem to end. For almost every holiday on the calendar, people flock to Seychelles to learn from the locals how real celebrating is done.
The same can be said, to an extent, of New Year’s Eve. Fireworks explode in the sky all over the islands right at midnight, and there are public, free-to-attend parties led by DJs that are certainly flashy and loud, if anything.
However, 31 December is also a time to spend with family and for thanking God for life and all His blessings across the previous year. On 1 January, many in Seychelles will attend special church services.
In years gone by, kids used to play a lot with firecrackers in the streets this time of year. But nowadays, these have become harder to come by due to special permits being required to import fireworks and even firecrackers.