Some people like to organize costume parties (des soirées déguisées) with a theme, others like to dress to the Nines (se mettre sur son 31), and dancing will be likely at these parties (French people like to dance… a lot! And many still know how to dance the swing – or a French version of it – which is still very popular even among young people).
It’s tradition to kiss at midnight under le gui (pronounced hard G + ee = mistletoe), but that’s about all the tradition there is about it – and of course counting down to midnight sharp, when everybody kisses everybody else, cheers, applauses…
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Others will just have a casual gathering… go to a good restaurant (better have a reservation) or snuggle up at home, maybe watch TV, which will most likely feature “un bêtisier” (bloopers) and a live pop songs show, musical or a variety show…
It’s not unlikely for cities to organize fireworks (des feux d’artifice) or dance (un bal populaire).
Typical greetings are “je te/vous souhaite une joyeuse année“, “bonne année 2014!“, “que tout tes/vos voeux se réalisent en 2014“. (de meel ca torz)
Bonne année à tous, may your 2014 progress in French be amazing :-)