New Year’s Day is a holiday in Zambia 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.
Zambia celebrates New Year’s Eve and 1 January each year in a very diverse manner. It is family, religious, and socially oriented all at the same time.
There are big public events, often at major malls, where pop singers perform and fireworks culminate the evening. Some people may also spend the night wandering from night club to night club or bar to bar to drink the new year in. But many also choose to attend church for “cross over services” to carry them from the old year to the new one.
Families invariably gather together to celebrate and have barbecues, and they often go on short outings together as well. Kids like to set off fireworks, which is tolerated this time of year by the adults.