New Year's Day

January 1st in Canada


  • It is to celebrate a new year and it is celebrated on a grand scale all over Canada


  • Go on vacations
  • Winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, etc.)
  • Social gatherings with friends and family
  • Setting off fireworks


  • Aged-old traditions are believed to bring good luck
  • Polar bear swim: Canadians go for a swim to render a hearty welcome to the new year
  • Clap and cheer at midnight to warn off evil spirits
  • Kissing at midnight is known to promote friendly ties

Costumes/festive attires

  • Depends on the area