In France, New Year’s Eve (31 December) is called la Saint-Sylvestre and is usually celebrated with a feast, called le Réveillon de Saint-Sylvestre .
The feast tends to include special items like champagne and foie gras , and the accompanying party can range from an intimate dinner with friends to une soirée dansante (ball).
At 8pm, the French President makes a speech broadcasted on TV : he offers his best wishes to all French people.
At midnight, everyone kisses under the mistletoe (which is not a Xmas custom in France) and offers their best wishes for the New Year.
On New Year’s Day, le Jour de l’An, friends and family share their New Year’s resolutions. The end of the holiday season is Epiphany, on 6 January, which in France includes a traditional cake called la galette des rois.
In France, you can still share your best wishes for the New Year one month after the 1st January.
French New Year’s Vocabulary
Bonne Année !
Happy New Year !
Une bonne résolution
New Year’s resolution
Le Jour de l’An
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Eve