New Year in France is better known as Jour des Étrennes . It is celebrated on January 1 (according to the Gregorian Calendar) with great pomp and show. Jour des Étrennes is one of the oldest festivals celebrated all over France. People are highly excited to bid goodbye to the old year and to welcome the coming year. The New Year holidays in France ends on January 6 with the ceremonial cutting of a special type of festive cake called la galette des rois.