St. Sylvester's Day

Category: Religious
St. Sylvester's Day around the world in 2023

About St. Sylvester's Day

How long until St. Sylvester's Day?
St. Sylvester's Day .
Dates of St. Sylvester's Day
2024 InternationalDec 31
International Tue, Dec 31Observances Holiday
2023 InternationalDec 31
International Sun, Dec 31Observances Holiday
2022 InternationalDec 31
International Sat, Dec 31Observances Holiday
2021 InternationalDec 31
International Fri, Dec 31Observances Holiday
2020 InternationalDec 31
International Thu, Dec 31Observances Holiday
Find out the dates, history and traditions of St. Sylvester's Day.

December 31st is the day of the feast of Pope Sylvester I, a saint who served as Pope of the Western Church from 314 to 335.

His fame stems from a medieval legend that says he was responsible for the conversion of emperor Constantine, an event which changed the course of human history.

The day is observed in Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland and commemorates the death of Sylvester in 335 AD. In Germany, it is considered lucky to eat the traditional St. Sylvester's Day carp and to keep a few of the fish scales as a New Year's charm.

Since "Sylvester's Eve" is also New Year's Eve, many Germans and Austrians hold late-night parties. In Germany these festive gatherings may include drinking, eating, dancing, singing, and fortune-telling. The traditional method of St. Sylvester's Eve fortune-telling is called Bleigiessen. This technique involves melting a small lump of lead in a spoon held over a candle. The molten lead is cast into a bowl of cold water. It hardens into a distinctive shape which is then interpreted to represent some aspect of one's fortune for the coming year.

Similar Observances

Read more about Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Marks the beginning of lent. Marking the forehead with ash represents regret for past sins.

Read More
Read more about Orthodox Lent

Orthodox Lent

Great Lent marks the start of the Easter cycle in the Orthodox Christian Church

Read More
Read more about Holi


Originally a harvest and fertility festival, Holi also commemorates a legend from Hindu Mythology

Read More
Read more about Ramadan

Ramadan ☪️

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. It is during the month of Ramadan that Muslims fast.

Read More

Other Observances on December 31st 2023

Read more about New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

The last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar is usually celebrated with parties as midnight approaches

Read More
Read more about Omisoka


Find out the dates, history and traditions of Omisoka.

Read More
Read more about Make Up Your Mind Day

Make Up Your Mind Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Make Up Your Mind Day

Read More
Read more about National Champagne Day

National Champagne Day 🍾

On New Year's Eve, Champagne is a popular filling for those glasses that get clinked at midnight

Read More
All events on December 31st 2023