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In the Northeast , in Fortaleza , the party is in Iracema Beach, and in Salvador , the change of year happens in a great music festival. In the South , the most famous festivities on the coast take place in Santa Catarina: The party attracts more than one million people. It features fireworks and live music shows. New Year traditions and celebrations in Canada vary regionally. In many cities, such as Toronto , Ottawa and Niagara Falls in Ontario , Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta , Vancouver , British Columbia and Montreal , Quebec , there are large celebrations which may feature concerts, late-night partying, sporting events, and fireworks, with free public transit service during peak party times in most major cities.
In some areas, such as in rural Quebec, people ice fish in the old days. Since , the highlight of New Year's Eve celebrations is in Montreal's old port, which comes alive with concerts that take place and fireworks at midnight.
The edition was presented as a one-off special, but served as a pilot for a regular Air Farce series that premiered the following year, and ran until Year of the Farce episodes continued to air annually as part of the series, while the edition doubled as the program's series finale.
New Year's Eve is celebrated in Chile by the observation of traditional rituals, such as wearing yellow underwear and yellow clothing. It is said to restore vitality to your life.
People who want to travel walk the streets with a suitcase in hand, others hold money in their hand or place coins at their door for good fortune in the new year. Celebrations include a family dinner with special dishes, usually lentils for good luck, and twelve grapes to symbolize wishes for each month of the coming year.
In Chile's capital Santiago , thousands of people gather at the Entel Tower to watch the countdown to midnight and a fireworks display. There are several fireworks shows across the country.
In Colombia it is a traditional celebration. There are many traditions across the country. Included among these traditions are: With each stroke of the clock until midnight, the families eat grapes. In Costa Rica , families usually gather around 8 pm for parties that last until 1 or 2 am, the next day. There are several traditions among Costa Rican families, including eating 12 grapes representing 12 wishes for the new year, and running across the street with luggage to bring new trips and adventures in the upcoming year.
Family parties start around 5: Families eat dinner together and sing traditional New Year's Eve songs, such as "Cinco para las Doce". After the dinner, individuals light fireworks and continue partying outside. A radio station broadcasts a countdown to midnight. When the clock strikes midnight, fireworks are lit across the country. People start exchanging hugs and wishes for the new year.
A New Year's Eve tradition in Ecuador is for men to dress haphazardly in drag clowny looking make-up, cheap colorful wigs, very hairy legs in miniskirts for New Year's Eve representing the "widow" of the year that has passed.
The "widows" then go to the streets and stop each car that passes on that particular street in order to parody some form of sexy dancing. Large crowds would gather around to watch and laugh at the entertainment and the drivers are forced to give the "widows" some coins in order to obtain passage through the street. There are also traditional family events and meals and modern celebrations such as hosting parties and going to nightclubs.
People usually eat grapes and drink Champagne with close family members and friends. Most every local family creates the effigy from paper scraps, old clothes or purchases it altogether.
They place just outside the front of their home. The effigy represents things you disliked from the previous year and are made to look like famous celebrities, politicians, public servants, cartoons, etc. They are burnt right at midnight to shed the old year and represent a new beginning. Some of the braver Ecuadorians jump through these burning effigies 12 times to represent a wish for every month. In Guatemala , banks close on New Year's Eve, and businesses close at noon.
In Guatemala City the celebrations are centered on Plaza Mayor. Firecrackers are lit starting at sundown, continuing without interruption into the night. Guatemalans wear new clothes for good fortune and eat a grape with each of the twelve chimes of the bell during the New Year countdown, while making a wish with each one.
The celebrations include religious themes which may be either Mayan or Catholic. Gifts are left under the tree on Christmas morning by the Christ Child for the children, but parents and adults do not exchange gifts until New Year's Day. Mexicans celebrate New Year's Eve, Spanish: Mexican families decorate homes and parties in colors that represent wishes for the upcoming year: Mexican sweet bread is baked with a coin or charm hidden in the dough. When the bread is served, the recipient of the slice with the coin or charm is said to be blessed with good luck in the New Year.
Another tradition is to make a list of all the bad or unhappy events over the past 12 months; before midnight, this list is thrown into a fire, symbolizing the removal of negative energy from the new year.
Mexicans celebrate with a late-night dinner with their families, the traditional meal being turkey or pork loin. Afterwards many people attend parties outside the home, for example, in night clubs. It has Latin music and fireworks at midnight along with the signature song "Auld Lang Syne" in Spanish.
During New Year's Eve in Suriname , the Surinamese population goes into cities' commercial districts to watch fireworks shows. This is a spectacle based on the famous red-firecracker-ribbons. The bigger stores invest in these firecrackers and display them in the streets. Every year the length of them is compared, and high praises are held for the company that has managed to import the largest ribbon.
These celebrations start at 10 am and finish the next day. The day is usually filled with laughter, dance, music, and drinking. When the night starts, the big street parties are already at full capacity.
The parties there stop between 10 and 11 pm after which the people go home to light their pagaras red-firecracker-ribbons at midnight. After midnight, the parties continue and the streets fill again until daybreak. In Port of Spain the tradition is to celebrate in one's yard with friends, family and neighbors, and eat and drink till sunrise. At midnight the city becomes festive with fireworks in every direction.
The celebration only starts at midnight. Music is heard from all the houses and bars, nightclubs, street parties, Soca raves. The people are celebrating not only the new year but the beginning of the carnival season as well. In the United States, New Year's Eve is celebrated with formal parties and concerts, family-oriented activities, and large public events such as firework shows and "drops".
The most prominent celebration in the country is the " ball drop " held in New York City 's Times Square. Inspired by the time balls that were formerly used as a time signal , at The event has been held since , and has seen an average attendance of 1,, yearly. Radio and television broadcasts of festivities from New York City helped to ingrain them in American pop culture ; beginning on the radio in , and on CBS television from to with ball drop coverage, Guy Lombardo and his band, The Royal Canadians, presented an annual New Year's Eve broadcast from the ballroom of New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
The specials were best known for the Royal Canadians' signature performance of " Auld Lang Syne " at midnight, which made the standard synonymous with the holiday. Its creator and host, Dick Clark , intended the program to be a modern and youthful alternative to Lombardo's big band music , by showcasing performances by popular musicians as part of the broadcast. After suffering a stroke in December resulting in Regis Philbin guest hosting for , Clark retired as full-time host of the special for the edition, and was succeeded by Ryan Seacrest.
Clark continued to make limited appearances on the special until his death in Other notable celebrations include those on the Las Vegas Strip , where streets are closed to vehicle traffic on the evening of New Year's Eve, and a fireworks show is held at midnight which spans across multiple buildings on the Strip.
The event included food trucks, art installations, and culminating with a projection mapping show on the side of Los Angeles City Hall near midnight. The inaugural event drew over 25, spectators and participants. In the Roman Catholic Church , 1 January is a solemnity honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary , the Mother of Jesus; it is a Holy Day of Obligation in most countries Australia being a notable exception , thus the Church requires the attendance of all Catholics in such countries for Mass that day.
However a vigil Mass may be held on the evening before a Holy Day; thus it has become customary to celebrate Mass on the evening of New Year's Eve. Many Christian congregations have New Year's Eve watchnight services.
Some, especially Lutherans and Methodists and those in the African American community , have a tradition known as "Watch Night", in which the faithful congregate in services continuing past midnight, giving thanks for the blessings of the outgoing year and praying for divine favor during the upcoming year. In the English-speaking world, Watch Night can be traced back to John Wesley , the founder of Methodism,  who learned the custom from the Moravian Brethren who came to England in the s.
Watch Night took on special significance to African Americans on New Year's Eve , as slaves anticipated the arrival of 1 January , when Lincoln had announced he would sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Radio specials give a countdown and announce the New Year. In Caracas , the bells of the Cathedral of Caracas ring twelve times. It is a non-working holiday. Many people play the national anthem in their houses.
Special holiday programs are broadcast on Venezuelan television stations including Venevision. The celebrations mostly take place at night. On this day, people go to the parties at club or hotels, beaches, at the crowdy roadsides and bridges where firecrackers are blast out in the sky at night. The roadsides and bridges are also lighted up by colourful lights at night. People do a get-together as well as enjoy with their families. That day, Cox's Bazar becomes a popular tourist destination for both Bangladeshi and foreign tourists.
Music, songs and dances are organized in the auditoriums, hotels, beaches and as well as in the grounds which are shown live concert on T. V where many Dhallywood celebrities along with many personalities participate in the dance, music, songs and often drama to liven up the concert more. Sometimes marriages and weddings take place in the clubs at night of 31 December so that the people can enjoy more. The Muslims during the year's last Jumma prayer of mosque permanently pray a Munajat which is done all over the mosques of the country so that Allah may bless them and the coming year can be fruitful.
The Christians go to the churches for a watch night service till midnight, praying for blessing in the coming new year as it is also part of the Christmastide season observances. In China , although the celebrations of the Lunar New Year are not until a few weeks after the Gregorian New Year, celebrations of the Gregorian New Year are held in some areas, particularly in major cities.
Since , a light and sound show has been held at The Bund in Shanghai , a few minutes before midnight. Beginning in , a second numerical countdown to New Year's, consisting of LED lights and pyrotechnic display effects, on the facade of Two International Finance Centre was launched, followed by a firework display, alongside an exhibition of the Symphony of Lights.
For the arrival of , the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre initiated the countdown, while the fireworks display and A Symphony of Lights show were extended to eight minutes. Shopping malls are often major celebration venues. There are also various district-wide celebrations.
An example of such traditions would be the playing of the national anthem at midnight and the presidential address before it. New Year is also celebrated in other cities and towns around the country like Agra , Bhubaneswar , Coimbatore , Cuttack , Vadodara , etc. Big and small celebrities and personalities perform as well as enjoy in these parties. Many Discos and Pubs organize big singers, DJs or local talent to liven up the night with their music and songs.
Goa and Kerala are the most visited destination during New Year's celebration both by Indian and foreign tourists. Major events like live concerts and dances by Bollywood stars are also organized and attended mostly by youngsters. More often people like to celebrate the New Year Eve with their family.
Hotels and resorts are also decked up in anticipation of tourist arrival and intense competition makes them entice the tourists with exciting New Year offers.
Many people across the country also follow old traditions. The Hindu community organize Pujas for a fruitful year ahead and the Christian community often go to church for a watch night service till midnight praying for blessing in the coming new year. The event, which celebrated the arrival of , attracted , spectators along both sides of the CIMB Niaga. In most cities and urban areas across Japan, New Year's Eve celebrations are usually accompanied by concerts, countdowns, fireworks and other events.
In Tokyo , the two most crowded celebrations are held at the Shibuya crossing in Shibuya and the Zojoji Temple in Minato. People gather around the Zojoji Temple to release helium balloons with New Year's wishes up in the sky and watch the lighting of Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree with a year number displayed on the observatory at the stroke of midnight.
Three notable music-oriented television specials air near New Year's Eve. The special is traditionally one of the most-watched television programs of the year in Japan. Although it did air on 31 December from to , the Japan Record Awards ceremony, recognizing outstanding achievements in the Japanese music industry , is held annually on 30 December since and is broadcast by TBS. Sometimes there are some traits that both North and South Korea celebrate, while some traits are celebrated differently or only on one side.
The Koreans believe that one would get to earn one age if you eat the soup on New Year's Day. They say if one dares to not eat the soup on New Year's Day, then he or she will lose luck. Most cities and urban areas in both Koreas host New Year's Eve gatherings. In South Korea, two of the biggest celebrations take place in Seoul: The celebration in Pyongyang, however, also marks the beginning of the North Korean calendar or the Juche Year, which is based on 15 April , Kim Il-sung 's date of birth.
Ambang Tahun Baru , a celebration sponsored by the government was held at Merdeka Square , the field opposite the Sultan Abdul Samad Building in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur in the early days.
The event was broadcast live on government as well as private TV stations at those times. Fireworks are displayed at the Petronas Towers. There are New Year countdown parties in major cities such as George Town , Shah Alam and Kuching , typically organised by the private sector in these cities. Mongolians began celebrating the Gregorian New Year in the Socialist period, with influence from the former Soviet Union. As a modern tradition, New Year's Eve as well as New Year's Day are public holidays, and are two of the biggest holidays of the year.
They celebrate New Year's Eve with their family. It is common, just like in the former Soviet Union, that the National Anthem of Mongolia is to be played at the midnight hour on television. New Year's Eve is usually celebrated with fireworks in big cities e. Lahore , Karachi and Islamabad. Musical nights and concerts are also held. Many Pakistani youngsters enjoy the type of celebrations held the world over. The elite and educated classes participate in night-long activities in urban and cosmopolitan cities like Karachi, Lahore, and the capital of Islamabad.
Families enjoy a traditional dish called Biryani. Filipinos usually celebrate New Year's Eve in the company of family or close friends. Traditionally, most households host or attend a midnight feast called the Media Noche. Lechon roasted pig , is usually prepared, as is barbecued food. Some refrain from serving chicken, as their scratching and pecking for food is unlucky, being an idiom for a hand-to-mouth existence. Many opt to wear new, bright, or colourful clothes with circular patterns, such as polka dots , or display sweets and twelve round fruits as the centrepiece, in the belief that circles attract money and fortune and that candies represent a sweeter year ahead.
Several customs must only be done at midnight: People also make loud noises by blowing on cardboard or plastic horns, called torotot , banging on pots and pans, playing loud music, blowing car horns, or by igniting firecrackers, in the belief that the din scares away bad luck and evil spirits. Bamboo cannons are also fired on the night in some places.
Urban areas usually host many New Year's Eve parties and countdown celebrations hosted by the private sector with the help of the local government.
These parties, which include balls hosted by hotels, usually display their own fireworks and are often very well-attended. It is attended by , or more people. On the waterfront of Marina Bay , 20, inflatable "wishing spheres" carrying , wishes written by Singaporeans form a visual arts display filled with brilliant colors beamed from the spotlights erected along the Esplanade promenade open area. Audiences are also entertained by a host of variety shows and concerts staged at the Marina Bay floating platform stage, featuring local and overseas artists.
The shows are viewable by all at the bay and telecast live on various television channels in Republic of Singapore , as well as internationally all over Southeast Asia through Channel News Asia.
At one minute to midnight, the concert emcees initiate the final countdown together with the audience. When midnight arrives, fireworks are launched from the waters at Marina Bay, lighting up the whole bay against the backdrop of the Singapore skyline.
There are other countdown parties across Singapore; these include VivoCity and areas such as -. The most prominent New Year's event in Taiwan is a major fireworks show launched from the Taipei skyscraper in Taipei. In , the show was enhanced by the installation of a new LED display system on the north face of the tower between its 35th and 90th floors, which can be used to display digital animation effects. This change countered a reduction in the number of firework shells launched during the show, as part of an effort to produce less pollution.
Aside from the traditional Thai New Year called Songkran Thailand which falls on 13 April or 14 April , Thais also celebrate the arrival of the Gregorian New Year on 1 January with their families, relatives and friends, which includes a family dinner and following different customs. It is a public holiday.
In most cities and urban areas across Thailand , New Year's Eve celebrations are accompanied by countdowns, fireworks, concerts and other major events, notably, the CentralWorld Square at CentralWorld and the area along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok , and the Pattaya Beach in Pattaya , while public places such as hotels, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs, also host New Year's Eve parties by offering food, entertainment and music to the guests, and they usually stay open until the next morning.
At midnight, everyone toasts and greets each other and fireworks are lit. In Austria , New Year's Eve is usually celebrated with friends and family. At exactly midnight, all radio and television programmes operated by ORF broadcast the sound of the Pummerin , the bell of St. Many people dance to this at parties or in the street. Large crowds gather in the streets of Vienna, where the municipal government organises a series of stages where bands and orchestras play.
Fireworks are set off by both municipal governments and individuals. On television, a stand-up comedian reviews the past year after which a musical or variety show signals midnight, when everyone kisses, exchanges good luck greetings, and toasts the New Year and absent relatives and friends with champagne.
Many people light fireworks or go into the street to watch them. Most cities have their own fireworks display: On 1 January Nieuwjaarsdag in Dutch children read their "New Year's letter" and give holiday greeting cards of decorated paper featuring golden cherubs and angels, colored roses and ribbon-tied garlands to parents and godparents, on decorated paper.
Belgian farmers also wish their animals a happy New Year. New Year is widely celebrated in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Streets are decorated for New Year's Eve and there is a fireworks show and concerts in all the larger cities. Restaurants, clubs, cafes and hotels are usually full of guests and they organize New Year's Eve parties.
In Sarajevo, people gather in the Square of children of Sarajevo where a local rock band entertains them. Several trumpet and rock groups play until the early morning hours. At midnight there is a big fireworks show. New Year's Eve is the noisiest day of the year. People generally gather with friends at parties, in pubs, clubs, in the streets, or city squares to eat, drink, and celebrate the new year.
Fireworks are a popular tradition; in large cities such as Bratislava , or Prague , the fireworks start before noon and steadily increase until midnight. In the first minutes after midnight, people toast with champagne, wish each other a happy new year, fortune and health, and go outside for the fireworks. In both countries all major TV stations air entertainment shows before and after the midnight countdown, which is followed by the National anthem of each country.
In recent years however the Czechoslovak national anthem is played at midnight, in honor of the shared history of both nations. People in Denmark may go to parties or entertain guests at home. There is a special evening meal that concludes with Kransekage , a special dessert, along with champagne. Other traditional dishes are boiled cod, stewed kale and cured saddle of pork. Two significant traditional events are broadcast on television and radio on 31 December: The climax of the celebration is fireworks launched as the Town Hall Tower bells chime on the stroke of midnight.
To celebrate New Year's Eve in Estonia , people decorate villages, visit friends and prepare lavish meals. Some believe that people should eat seven, nine, or twelve times on New Year's Eve. These are lucky numbers in Estonia; it is believed that for each meal consumed, the person gains the strength of that many men the following year. Meals should not be completely finished—some food should be left for ancestors and spirits who visit the house on New Year's Eve.
Traditional New Year food includes pork with sauerkraut or Estonian sauerkraut mulgikapsad , baked potatoes and swedes with hog's head, and white and blood sausage. Gingerbread and marzipan are very popular for dessert. Traditional New Year drinks include beer and mead, but mulled wine and champagne have become modern favourites.
In Finland , New Year's Eve is usually celebrated with family or friends. Late supper is served, often featuring wieners, Janssons frestelse , and potato salad. Some municipalities organize fireworks at midnight. Consumer fireworks are also very popular. A Finnish tradition is molybdomancy - to tell the fortunes of the New Year by melting "tin" actually lead in a tiny pan on the stove and throwing it quickly in a bucket of cold water. The resulting blob of metal is analyzed, for example by interpreting shadows it casts by candlelight.
These predictions are however never taken seriously. Countdown to New Year is with the Helsinki Cathedral clock. In the afternoon programme, the German comedy sketch Dinner for One is shown every year. This feast customarily includes special dishes including foie gras , seafood such as oysters, and champagne. Some people eat ice cream. The holiday period ends on 6 January with the celebration of Epiphany Jour des Rois.
A traditional type of flat pastry cake, la galette des rois , made of two sheets of puff pastry, filled with frangipane almond paste is eaten. This tradition can last up to two weeks. In Germany , parties are common on New Year's Eve. Fireworks are very popular, both with individuals and at large municipal displays. Every year Berlin hosts one of the largest New Year's Eve celebrations in all of Europe, attended by over a million people. The focal point is the Brandenburg Gate , where midnight fireworks are centered.
Germans toast the New Year with a glass of Sekt German sparkling wine or champagne. Other auspicious actions are to touch a chimney sweep or rub some ash on your forehead for good luck and health. Jam-filled doughnuts with and without liquor fillings are eaten. Finally a tiny marzipan pig is consumed for more good luck. East Frisia the making of Speckdicken is another tradition - people go door to door visiting their neighbors and partaking in this dish.
It looks similar to a pancake, but the recipe calls for either dark molasses or dark syrup, with summer sausage and bacon in the center. Another notable tradition is the British comedy sketch Dinner for One , which has traditionally been broadcast on German television on New Year's Eve since The version traditionally broadcast on German television was originally recorded in , and was occasionally used as filler programming by NDR due to popular demand; in , Dinner for One received its traditional New Year's Eve scheduling.
The sketch, as well as its catchphrase "the same procedure as every year", are well known in German pop culture. Dinner for One is also broadcast on or around New Year's Eve in other European countries, although it is, ironically, relatively unknown in the United Kingdom. New Year's Eve in Greece has many traditions. During the day, children sing the New Year's carols to be given money or treats. Then, it is time to have family lunch or dinner. In the evening, people cook a pie named "King's pie Vassilopita locally ", which is a cake flavored with almonds.
Following tradition, they put a coin wrapped in aluminium foil inside the pie. During the family dinner, the hostess puts some of her jewelry in a plate and serves it in the side of the table, as a symbol of the coming year's prosperity. After the dinner is over, the dishes are not washed until the next day. The reason for that is that Saint Vassilis Greek Santa Claus is awaited during the New Year's Eve and it is considered common courtesy to leave some food for the traveler who visits the house to bring the presents during the night.
When midnight arrives, the families count down and then they turn off all the lights and reopen their eyes to "enter the year with a new light". After the fireworks show, they cut the "Vassilopita" and serve it. The person that gets the wrapped coin is the lucky person of the day and he is also blessed for the rest of the year. Gifts exchanges may follow. New Year's Eve Szilveszter in Hungary is celebrated with home parties and street parties, including a gathering in downtown Budapest.
Fireworks and firecrackers are popular. Champagne, wine and traditional Hungarian New Year dishes—frankfurter sausages with horseradish , lentil soup , fish, and roast pig—are consumed. The national anthem is commonly sung at midnight.
In past centuries, some Hungarians believed that animals were able to speak on New Year's Eve, and that onion skins sprinkled with salt could indicate a rainy month. Fireworks are very popular in Iceland , particularly on New Year's Eve.
It focuses satirically on the past year, and shows little mercy for its victims, especially politicians, artists, prominent business people and activists. An ancient tradition in southern regions which is rarely followed today was disposing of old or unused items by dropping them from the window. Dinner is traditionally eaten with relatives and friends. It often includes zampone or cotechino a meal made with pig's trotters or entrails , and lentils.
At midnight, fireworks are displayed all across the country. Rarely followed today is the tradition that consist in eating lentil stew when bell tolls midnight, one spoonful per bell.
This is supposed to bring good fortune; the round lentils represent coins. New Year's Eve is celebrated across Macedonia. New Year's Day is celebrated by day-long fireworks shows. During the day-time celebration, children get gifts. Evening celebrations include food, music, and dancing to both traditional Macedonian folk music, and modern music.
Malta organized its first New Year's street party in in Floriana. The event was not highly advertised and proved controversial, due to the closing of an arterial street for the day. In there were the first national celebrations in St. George's Square , Valletta  Although professional fireworks are very popular in Malta, they are almost totally absent on New Year's Eve. We attended on Saturday, another sold-out evening that featured not only the likes of Willie and his longtime band but also an extended family gathering, with sons Lukas and Micah opening the show.
A ringer of a special guest on guitar for these three shows is Jamey Johnson, who kept his golden voice mostly under wraps, quite content to play the supporting role for the occasion. Indeed, Lukas — who turned 29 on Christmas Day — has done that impressively, especially during a banner year for him in Lukas Nelson is coming into his own A more histrionic singer and showman than his father, Lukas pushes his voice into the red on occasion, but he has the pipes to pull that off. Still Is Still Moving to Me 3.
Beer for My Horses 4. Good Hearted Woman 5. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground 8. On the Road Again 9. Always on My Mind
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