Welcoming the New Year is among the oldest and most beautiful traditions celebrated all over the world. Everybody stops their daily work routine to go home and spend the holidays with their family and loved ones. Others spend it outside their comfort zones and head to the cities to watch a beautiful show of lights.
Here are some of the major cities that welcome the New Year with a blast:
Just like the Westerners, the people of Japan celebrate New Year at home. They leave the country’s capital to visit their families. While waiting for the year to end, they spend the evening watching TV shows, where J-pop stars perform their chart-topping singles. For those who prefer to stay in the city, Shibuya Crossing is the place to be. At midnight, the place becomes crowded as people join in the year-end countdown.
Last year, Dubai bid goodbye to 2013 by attempting at getting the world record for the largest fireworks display ever. Thousands of people witnessed the spectacle from different locations, all of them mesmerized by the varying array of colors. Dubai definitely nailed it as they stole the spotlight from other countries around the world.
Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebration is among the grandest in the whole world. The activities center on Darling Harbour and the Harbour Bridge, where everyone can witness breathtaking fireworks. Because the New Year falls on a summer season for these people down under, they are able to spend more time outdoors.
For the Turks, New Year’s Eve is a day that should be spent at home with the family. However, in the recent years, the residents of Istanbul have been taking the celebration to the streets. They have turned the night right before the new year into a citywide street celebration.
On New Year’s Eve, Parisians usually head home for dinner. But, some of them prefer to celebrate New Year in a romantic way. They go to Montmartre area, where they can admire the cityscape and raise their glasses at midnight with the people they are with.
London’s South Bank is the place to be if you wish to witness the city’s spectacle for the new year, as people head to The London Eye to watch the annual celebratory display. However, if you want to be there yourself, you need to come early. There will be road closures around the area that will start early in the evening.
In Barcelona, New Year’s Eve is a time many spend with their families. However, a lot of people go out to party after midnight. They also observe such traditions as wearing red underwear for luck in the coming year.
Copacabana Beach is the country’s main attraction during the New Year celebration. Its shoreline is filled with kiosks that sell expensive drinks. People dress in white, yellow and red as a sign of peace, prosperity and luck. During the countdown, a big Brazilian star graces the stage while a pyrotechnics show occurs on the beach.
At a minute to midnight, New York’s Time Square is turned into a sparkly sphere. Confetti is also released 70-foot from the ground. At 3 pm, the area is already full-packed and the rest fills up before midnight.
However, there is a limited number of restrooms around the area and if you are planning to visit there, prepare yourself and grab some food ahead of time. This is so you won’t to give up your spot to eat or go to the bathroom.
The air in Las Vegas is usually filled with thrill and excitement right when the new year rolls in. During this time, casinos all over the Las Vegas strip showcase remarkable pyrotechnic and laser shows. They do their best to outdo each other so as to amaze the viewers, especially the tourists. The Vegas Strip is usually closed to traffic at this time, allowing tourists to party their night away.