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New Year's Day
Sierra Leone

New Year’s Day 2025 and 2026 in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone 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.

The president of Sierra Leone usually gives a traditional New Year presidential address. He reviews the progress made in the previous year and expresses his plans and hopes of how the remaining challenges can be tackled in the year ahead.

There are large fireworks displays and elaborate celebrations on New Year’s Eve in some of the big cities and in resorts and expensive hotels in Sierra Leone. But most people hold simpler events. They attend parties, in homes in the streets. They eat their fill of New Year’s food, listen to music, dance, and catch up with friends and relatives they may not have seen for some time.

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