Tunisia 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 Eve and Day are widely celebrated all across modern Africa, and Tunisia is certainly no exception. Traditions are largely imported from Europe and the West, so visitors from those parts will find much familiar in a Tunisian New Year’s celebration.
You can expect Tunis and much of the rest of the country to offer large, dazzling fireworks displays, family feasts, and all-night parties on 31 December. There is the countdown to the new year and the shouting of “Happy New Year!” at the stroke of midnight.
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.