New Year’s Day is the first day of the calendar year and is celebrated on 1 January each year. The day is marked by a public holiday in Singapore.
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On 31 December, New Year’s Eve, most people stay up past midnight and celebrate the countdown into the New Year. Throughout the evening, locations like Marina Bay, Clarke’s Quay and Siloso Beach at Sentosa are filled with thousands of people joyfully looking forward to the New Year.
There are music concerts, competitions, food extravaganzas, lights and celebrities helping create the exciting atmosphere until just before the midnight countdown and fireworks. And, in Central Square, more food, decoration and music accompany the performers who delight the crowds with acrobatics, juggling and tightrope walking.
As a part of the festivities of remembering the old year and hoping for a happy and positive new year, thousands of people purchase large white spheres that look like large basketballs, and write their heartfelt hopes for a brighter tomorrow on them.
People come from all over the world to add their wishes on New Year’s Eve and even the Prime Minister pens his own ‘wishing sphere’. The spheres are released onto the Singapore River at Marina Bay and are a spectacle to behold during the New Year’s celebrations.
Food is always a feature of celebrations in Singapore and the air is fragrant with amazing local meals and street food. On New Year’s Day, many establishments hold champagne brunches and extravagant afternoon teas.