New Year | Cities | 20th September 2021 | Virtual Wire
How would you answer this question: What is the only holiday celebrated by people all over the world, regardless of religion, language, or race? Of course, New Year! New Year is a holiday that everyone, from children to adults, loves and wants to celebrate.
Live wherever you live in the world, the New Year is greeted with great enthusiasm and joy everywhere. As New Year's Eve approaches, people go shopping and receive various gifts that will be remembered by their families, friends, and relatives for years to come, making them happy and smiling. One of the most popular aspects of the holiday is the decoration of houses. Decorating a pine tree with colourful toys and lights and placing gifts next to it is a favourite tradition of everyone, especially children.
However, on this holiday, not only houses but all streets, cities, in short, all countries are decorated in a festive atmosphere. Not to mention the New Year's table decorations! No matter how much you love to travel on this holiday and celebrate the New Year in other countries, one of the unwritten rules is to sit at the table with your family and celebrate the New Year together. In particular, Christians must gather with their families on Christmas Day, December 25.
On this day, everyone gives gifts to each other, family and relatives gather together. They decorate their tables with a variety of delicious dishes, especially turkey, which is a special dish of this holiday. Since this is not a tradition in Muslim countries or countries with a large Muslim population, the main day for them is December 31, and luxurious dinners are prepared on that day.
What if you want to travel to another after the New Year with your family? Do you know in which countries of the world the most interesting and entertaining New Year is celebrated? If you are also interested in the answers to these questions and you want to change something and bring into your life interesting moments and full of memories that you will never forget, then you should read this list.
1. Sydney, Australia
When we think of the magnificent New Year's festivities, the first thing that comes to mind is Sydney, the capital of Australia. Another continent, another country, another city! This city is the first major international city to celebrate the New Year, and if you want to be one of the first people in the world to enter the New Year, then you must go to this city.
It is also one of the few countries that, unlike many countries, celebrate the New Year in the summer, on the beaches, swimming in the ocean with a Santa hat on their heads. This is a place you must go to if you want to make a difference. The main fireworks display takes place in Sydney Harbor in conjunction with the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge and creates a spectacular view.
This fireworks display lasts for 12 minutes, representing 12 months of the year. Sydney is hosting one of the largest New Year's Eve parties in the world, attended by more than a million people. As you can see, all eyes are on Sydney in the New Year! Therefore, if you plan to celebrate your next New Year here, you must start preparations months in advance, buy tickets and decide where to stay.
2. Moscow, Russia
Moscow, the capital of Russia, has become the most visited city in the New Year, the city of fairy tales! If you want to see a New Year that you have never seen before, then this city is for you. The city is so beautifully decorated as if this is the city that is always told to us in fairy tales! New Year is the time when the city of Moscow is covered with a blanket of snow, and therefore the place is often called "Winter Wonderland".
Here you can spend one of the coldest New Year in your life. Historic Red Square presents one of the most visually appealing shows for New Year's Eve fireworks. Not to mention the magnificent and luxurious view of the churches decorated with lights!
3. New York, United States
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One of the most famous states in the United States, New York and its heart Times Square is one of the most well-known, most popular, most loved and most visited places for the New Year. Times Square in Manhattan is the first place to think of New Year's Eve in the United States. Every year, more than 1 million people gather here to celebrate the New Year.
Every year on New Year's Eve, along with millions of people, several famous musicians gather in Times Square to watch the ball fall. At this time, a ball 12 meters wide and weighing about 12,000 pounds falls from the top of Times Square, giving people one of the most spectacular New Year's shows. This show is watched not only by the people there but also by about 1 billion people around the world every year. This tradition, which dates back to 1907, is one of the biggest events of the year every year!
4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Australia, Europe, North America, and now in Asia. Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates, is known for its luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and vibrant nightlife. This city is also one of the places you should go to celebrate a magnificent and luxurious New Year. The Burj Khalifa here is one of the most remarkable skyscrapers in the world, and on New Year's Eve, all eyes turn to it.
In 2014, Dubai was included in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest fireworks display on New Year's Eve. Dozens of world superstars perform here every year. The fountain show of light and sound also adds a special beauty to the way the holiday is celebrated. The fireworks around the city can be seen from public places, but the best views are from the city's skyscrapers, especially from the lavish party held on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper.
5. Bangkok, Thailand
We continue with another Asian country. Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is known as a sleepless night and often tops the list of the best nightlife cities in Asia. Therefore, it is not surprising that one of the most perfect New Year's Eve is held here. If you want to spend an active and noisy New Year's Eve, this city is for you. Central World Plaza is one of the main gathering places for crazy parties.
Another popular gathering place is the shopping and entertainment area along the Chao Phraya River. These venues host several spectacular video-screen shows, light shows and live concerts. You can also see a lot of fireworks in the sky at midnight. But if you want to have an unforgettable party with more locals, be sure to visit one of the local clubs.
6. London, United Kingdom
We are returning to Europe again. London, the capital of the United Kingdom, hosts one of the best New Year's parties in Europe and around the world. Each of the other cities may have its unique buildings and squares with a great history, but the world-famous Big Ben clock is located in London. You can also watch the amazing fireworks starting from the London Eye on the roofs and balconies all over London. Therefore, you do not need to leave your hotel to get a good view.
Along the magnificent London Thames, there is always a remarkable and outstanding show for New Year's Eve fireworks. Tickets officially go on sale in September and sell out very quickly, but you can see the fireworks in many places for free. Another convenient point is a trip on the ship Klipper.
Another traditional way to celebrate the New Year is to visit one of London's oldest places, such as the Old Bell Tavern, which has been serving drinks to adults since 1670. While there, fans of the British royal family may want to visit places such as Kensington Palace, where Queen Victoria was born. Public transportation is free from 11:45 pm to 4:30 am, so you can save some money after an expensive evening and not have to struggle to find a taxi.
7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One of the countries celebrating the New Year in the summer in Brazil! The festivities here are so lavish that it will be one of the best experiences you can have. Given that each of us is well acquainted with Brazil with its colourful festivals, this is not surprising. If you want to celebrate the New Year with millions of people on a beach in hot weather, then this is for you.
Rio de Janeiro's craziest and biggest New Year's Eve party is a morning party at Copacabana Beach, attended by more than 2 million people. Various musical numbers and fireworks are traditionally displayed during the main gathering on the beach. It has also become a tradition to throw flowers at Lemanjá (Goddess of the Seas) as a gift, to participate in music and dance performances, and to watch the colourful fireworks that perfect the day.
Another strange custom here is to dress in white when you arrive and to enter the ocean after midnight. They participate in the tradition of jumping from the seven small waves and wishing or thanking each one.
8. Edinburgh, Scotland
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We are heading to the last European capital on our list. Here is the special name of the New Year festivities - Hogmanay! The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, hosted a three-day New Year's Eve party for more than 1 million people from 70 different countries last year. Get ready for many New Year's Eve parties, concerts, shows, carnivals and fireworks while you are here. The festivities begin on December 30, and thousands of people carry torches as they walk from Assembly Square to Calton Hill, under the cannon fire.
On this eve, more and more people take to the streets and sing "Auld Lang Syne" together. Want to hear something more unusual? On January 1, everyone, dressed in their weirdest, most exciting, and craziest costume, walks down High Street before joining the Loony Dook and then throws themselves into the icy river water in the air like ice. We are sure that this is an experience that no one will forget.
9. Cape Town, South Africa
Surprised to see an African country on the list? I'm sure you are! But Cape Town is one of the best New Year's Eve countries in the world. Known as the "Mother Town" of South Africa, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in Africa and the world. New Year's Eve fireworks make it even more spectacular.
Only Cape Town can offer you the chance to celebrate the New Year at the top of Mount Table, one of the most famous natural wonders of the world and watch marvellous fireworks at midnight. It is one of the most visited places not only for festivities but also for the splendour of the landscape.
Most importantly, the New Year festivities here are not limited to one day, the three-day festivities are held with live music, dances and interesting dishes. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the beaches on New Year's Day and beyond, and the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival hosts parades featuring 10,000 performers dancing and singing in the city's streets. You must not miss them.
10. Las Vegas, United States
Finally, we turn to the United States one more time. Because this country is not tired of hosting great New Year's parties! This city, which is lively and colourful all year round and can be called the "Party City" of the world, is especially beautiful in the New Year. In Las Vegas, known for its casinos, at midnight there are fireworks shows on the roofs of these casinos, which is different and amazes with its beauty. 80,000 fireworks are burning from the roofs of 7 casinos! You can watch the show from the top of the Stratosphere Tower.
Las Vegas is adept at celebrating, and the streets are turning into a giant party with countless laser shows and live music groups. There are countless options: nightclubs hosted by celebrities, world-class dinner shows and non-stop casinos. Millions of people take to the streets to witness one of the biggest New Year's celebrations. There are also amazing discounts everywhere that make shopping in Las Vegas even more attractive.
On New Year's Eve, the whole world does not sleep until the morning. There are many more countries, such as, Finland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Japan that organise a spectacular celebration. In each of them, you can have an unforgettable New Year's experience and gain memories that will remain in your memory for many years. But if you're going to start somewhere, start your adventure from the top ten on this list!