France is a country with many beautiful landscapes located in Western Europe. France has been the world’s most popular tourist destination on New Years Eve for over twenty years.
In France, New Year’s Eve (or la Saint-Sylvestre in French) is usually celebrated with a feast, le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre (Cap d’Any in Northern Catalonia). This feast customarily includes special dishes including foie gras, seafood such as oysters, and champagne. The celebration can be a simple, intimate dinner with friends and family or, une soirée dansante, a much fancier ball.
On New Year’s Day (or le Jour de l’An in French) friends and family exchange New Year’s resolutions, kisses, and wishes. Some people eat ice cream.
The holiday period ends on January 6 with the celebration of Epiphany (Jour des Rois). A traditional type of flat pastry cake, la galette des rois, made of two sheets of puff pastry, filled with frangipane (almond paste) is eaten. The cake contains a fève, a small china doll; whomever finds it becomes king or queen and gets to wear a gold paper crown and choose his or her partner. This tradition can last up to two weeks.
Let’s discover how French people celebrate the New Years Eve 2017 over major cities in the country:
Let’s celebrate a Happy New Year in France!