Filled with new anticipations and expectations, New Year in United States is a big event. In the United States the party fever begins much before New Year's Eve celebrations and stays for first couple of weeks as the new year gets under way.
New Year's Eve party in United States is marked with non-stop foot tapping music, mouthwatering food, toasts of champagne and a youthful spirit. December 31, the last day of the old year is celebrated with gusto all over the nation as old and young come together to rejoice the New Year.
At New Year's Eve party, sometimes people organize masquerade balls, where guests dress up in costumes and cover their faces with masks. According to an old tradition, guests unmask at midnight. While the party animals hang around the hotels, bars, pubs, and discotheques, some stay back at home for a quite cozy evening with their near and dear ones watching television. Most of the television channels show the New Year's celebrations at the Times Square. Watching the celebrations at Times Square is one of the festivities that every American wishes to participate.
The revelers gather around the building and at one minute before midnight a lighted ball falls slowly from the top to the bottom of a pole from one of the buildings. People start counting down at the same time as the ball drops. As the ball reaches the ground, the New Year sign is lighted and people link arms and kiss, and wish each other "Happy New Year!"
The first day of the first month of the Gregorian calendar is a federal holiday. On the first day of the New Year, people in the United States visit friends, relatives and neighbors on this joyous occasion and wish for health, happiness and prosperity. These visits are marked with lip smacking food and plenty of drinks. On the New Year's Day many people watch television with their family enjoying the Tournament of Roses parade preceding the Rose Bowl football game in Pasadena California. These New Year activities make the United States a great place to celebrate New Year.