New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year from Jawbone! The New Year, an opportunity for a fresh start, is celebrated around the world with many different traditions. As we welcome 2015, we remember how we celebrated New Year’s Eve a year ago.

How Late Does the World Stay Up on New Year's Eve?

The Cities that are Up The Latest

Latest in the World
1 Moscow, Russia 3:43 AM
2 St. Petersburg, Russia 3:35 AM
3 Kiev, Ukraine 3:35 AM
4 Buenos Aires, Argentina 3:09 AM
5 Madrid, Spain 3:07 AM
6 Santiago, Chile 2:59 AM
7 Barcelona, Spain 2:56 AM
8 Warsaw, Poland 2:55 AM
9 Mexico City, Mexico 2:53 AM
10 Paris, France 2:53 AM
11 Hamburg, Germany 2:52 AM
12 Berlin, Germany 2:50 AM
13 Rome, Italy 2:47 AM
14 Istanbul, Turkey 2:45 AM
15 Sao Paulo, Brazil 2:45 AM
16 Astoria (Queens), NY, USA 2:38 AM
17 Vienna, Austria 2:38 AM
18 Stockholm, Sweden 2:36 AM
19 Dubai, United Arab Emirates2:34 AM
Latest in the US
1Astoria (Queens), NY2:38 AM
2Bronx, NY 2:21 AM
3Brooklyn, NY 2:11 AM
4New York, NY 1:59 AM
5Miami, FL 1:45 AM

  1. If you want to party, head to Europe or South America. Most cities on both continents are awake until the wee hours of the morning. Bonus: for Argentina, Chile, and Brazil, New Year’s Eve is in the summer, so you can welcome 2015 on a beach.
  2. For Russia, New Year’s Eve is sort of a super-holiday, like Christmas and New Year’s Eve combined. Familiar Christmas traditions such as gift exchanges, visiting family, Santa Claus (“Father Frost”), and decorating trees (“New Year trees”) are combined with New Year’s revelry and celebrated on January 1. Russia, with Ukraine and Romania, stay up later than any other country in the world.
  3. China and Israel are asleep earlier than any other country in the world. They celebrate the New Year, but also have their own New Year’s traditions dating back thousands of years celebrated on different days. In Israel and several other European countries they call New Year’s Eve “Silvester” after the saint’s feast day that coincides with the holiday.
  4. The United States isn’t quite as enthusiastic about the New Year as some of the rest of the world. Almost 30% of Americans are asleep by midnight. The west coast goes to bed particularly early — Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, San Diego, and Phoenix are all in bed at or before 1 am. Perhaps by the time midnight strikes on the west coast, 3 hours after the ball has dropped in Times Square (and 19 hours after the first fireworks in Sydney), some of the magic is gone. Los Angeles also needs to be awake early for another New Year’s tradition, the Rose Parade, which begins at 8am the next morning. In fact, 47.9% of people in Pasadena are asleep by midnight.
  5. Not all cities in the US are in bed so early. Americans are up late in New York City watching the ball drop in Times Square, and Miami is in the mix as well.

Chinese New Year and Rosh Hashanah

China and Israel are each among the earliest to bed on New Year’s. What gives? Although each country celebrates the “Gregorian” New Year, they have their own New Year’s traditions dating back thousands of years: Chinese New Year and Rosh Hashanah. Staying up until midnight is not part of the Rosh Hashanah tradition, so their sleep is minimally disrupted. However, on Chinese New Year’s Eve 800 million people stay up late with their families to watch the largest TV broadcast on the planet, the CCTV New Year’s Gala, to usher in the New Year. Only Hong Kong stays up later to celebrate the New Year later than the Chinese New Year.

Location Chinese New Year's Eve - Jan 30, 2014New Year's Eve - Dec 31, 2013
China 1:02 AM12:42 AM
Beijing 1:14 AM12:42 AM
Shanghai 12:59 AM12:42 AM
Hong Kong 12:50 AM1:44 AM

Happy New Year from Jawbone!

Technical Notes: This study was based on hundreds of thousands of UP wearers who track their sleep using UP by Jawbone. All data is anonymized and presented in aggregate.

About The Author

Brian Wilt

Brian leads an engineering team building personalized health insights and coaching. At Jawbone, he makes data human. He coaches kids volleyball. He earned his PhD studying neuroscience and applied physics at Stanford (go Card), and before that, high-energy physics at CERN and MIT. Follow him @brianwilt.