Andorra 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.
In Andorra, bringing in the new year is not just a one-day event. It lasts for a whole week, from New Year’s Eve until 6 January, which is the holiday of Epiphany. This period is marked by robust partying, singing, dancing, drinking, and church attendance.
Homes and businesses alike are all prettied up for the new year celebrations, and towns and cities light up at night to create quite a spectacle. Homes usually have mistletoes, junipers, or other kinds of flowers for decor. Feasting, fireworks, and personally created comical skits are all in the mix.
Many attend church for a midnight mass on 31 December to welcome in the new year. They may also attend mass on 6 January for Epiphany. Epiphany fireworks displays on Epiphany in Andorra are among the largest in the world.
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