New Year’s Eve night marks the beginning of a new year, celebrating the past and hoping the best for the future. It goes without saying that this night must be celebrated in the best way possible with your loved ones.
Here are 9 New Year celebration ideas around the world.
New York City, New York
The atmosphere of New Year’s Eve in New York City is hardly comparable to any other place in the world. People in huge numbers gather at the Times Square to witness popular musicians and see the 100 year old, traditional ball drop. The Waterford LED crystal ball, with the width of 12 feet and weight of around 12000 pounds, drops from the former New York Times building. If you want to avoid the chaos, it is advisable to make a reservation in a restaurant or bar that overlooks Times Square. You can also take a boat ride on New York Harbour to see the firework display on Liberty Island at midnight.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
New Year’s Eve celebration in Rio De Janeiro ranks right after the Carnival festival in the city. The largest and possibly the wildest New Year’s party in the world is hosted at Copacabana Beach. You will find a turnout of over two million people squeezed into a space of two and a half mile on this night.
The celebration is conducted in a traditional Brazilian style, popularly known as Reveillon, bringing together the traditional, superstitious and religious values, all in one place. People come dressed completely in white, for good luck, and toss flowers in the ocean, as a gift for their goddess of the seas. Along with the Brazilian tradition, you will be able to get the best of live dance and music performances, and magnificent fireworks at the stroke off midnight.
Two things make Sydney an excellent place to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This is the main city where the clock strikes midnight first, and second, you will be able to witness here the world’s largest fireworks display, one at 9 pm and the other at midnight. More than one million people turn up to see the waterfront show, including the Aboriginal smoking ceremony, aerial acrobatics, and the Harbour of Light parade.
New Year celebrations in Edinburgh last for a total of three days, from 30th December to 1st January. A torchlight procession is led through the city on the 30th, ending with fireworks. On New Year’s Eve, there big parties on the street, concerts, and the traditional Celtic party, in the city. At midnight, 4.5 tonnes of fireworks are set off over the Edinburgh Castle. On 1st January, the final day of the celebration, events like dog-sledding competition, jumping into icy waters of the River Forth, the Loony Dook parade, and a multi-venue arts and music festival called Scot:Lands. Are held.
People in London welcome the New Year with the Big Ben chiming at midnight. People gather around the banks and bridges of Thames for the firework display and lightshow that goes on for ten minutes, followed by after parties. The Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and few others are the highlights of the view on this night. The next morning, a parade with procession of the Queen’s horses, costume dancers, marching bands and floats, goes through central London.
Berlin being one of the party capitals of the world, does not disappoint on New Year’s Eve. On this night, you will find a two kilometre stretch of international food stalls, bars, party tents, laser shows, music stages and so much more, from Brandenburg Gate to Victory Column, popularly known as the Party Mile. Post the firework display at midnight, parties go on until dawn and even later, in various parts of the city
Las Vegas, Nevada
On New Year’s Eve, streets of Las Vegas go vehicle-free and turn into a big street party with pyrotechnic display, laser shows, and live music bands. Apart from these, you will find innumerable options for shows, concerts, and parties in hotels, casinos and clubs on this night. At midnight, fireworks are set off from seven rooftops along the stretch of the city, which makes it possible for everyone to see them, whether outdoors, or indoors.
Paris hosts a spectacular firework display and light show on the night of New Year’s Eve, at Eiffel Tower. New Year’s Eve in Paris is marked by people celebrating, visiting clubs and bars, and basically having a good time drinking and celebrating. For those who want to celebrate their New Year’s Eve in a romantic way, this city of romance offers private and romantic boat cruises on New Year’s Eve, along the Siene.
Vienna is popular for hosting the New Year’s Eve Grand Ball at the Hofburg Palace. On this night, the popular Christmas markets of the city turn into New Year’s markets. Huge number of people turn up at the city centre on this day, with the celebrations starting off from 2 pm, going on until way after midnight. On New Year’s day, people gather outside the City Hall so that they can watch the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s concert on the giant screen.