New Year's Eve (Saint Sylvester’s Day) Date in the current year: December 31, 2018

New Year's Eve (Saint Sylvester’s Day) December 31, the last day of the year, is New Year's Eve or Saint Sylvester's Day (in Catholic countries). This holiday is celebrated worldwide and every country can boast its own traditions.

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.

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