New Year's Eve is celebrated in the evening with special social gatherings, that feature festive meals, dancing, drinking alcoholic beverages and watching fireworks. The celebration of New Year's Eve goes on past midnight into January 1.
Many businesses don't work on December 31 or close past noon. The evening is dedicated only to the festive part.
Catholic countries observe December 31 as Saint Sylvester's Day and commemorate his death in 335. Pope Sylvester I was a very important figure in the history of Catholic Church, but a very little is known about him. Great churches were built in Rome during his pontificate, for instance, Basilica of St. John Lateran, Old St. Peter's Basilica, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.
Pope Sylvester I is connected to one legend, where he slew a dragon. This is the reason why St. Sylvester is depicted with the dying beast.Remind me with Google Calendar
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