At midnight many people try to be at a temple to hear the bell ring 108 times. We don't go to that, and actually can't hear it from our home -- we are in close proximity to several Shinto shrines, but not to any Buddhist temples. Luckily we can hear the 108 tolls of the bell helpfully provided on television.
While we are thinking about the year starting and years passing, here's something fun: the OED Birthday Word Generator. Discover an English word whose first known usage was in the year of your birth.
Happy New Year to all!