New Year is a very important celebration for all of us. It is the perfect moment to look back and reflect on what accomplishments we have made in the past year; a time you are assessing the past and turn the page and begin a new chapter in your life. Because this special night is so expected, it is used to prepare all in advance: clothes, food, company and even location. New Year’s Eve is celebrated world-wide by all people, regardless of their nationality and religion. Many of them pay attention to different details, or observe old traditions. If you haven’t decided yet how or where to enter the New Year, then take a look at the following inspiring list.
For an extended New Year vacation you should coose Tokyo. Here, New York celebration starts a little bit earlier – on the 29th of December, and lasts until January 4th. During that week most of the tourist sites are closed, but the streets of Tokyo, all restaurants, cafes and clubs are open to locals and visitors day and night. The city is jumping with loads of fireworks, dancing and singing. Locals use to enter the New Year eating Toshikoshi Soba – New Years Eve noodle which symbolizes long and healthy life – and listening to Juya No Kane -The Watch-Night Bell rings 108 times at the temples all over Japan symbolizing getting rid of unhappiness and poorness.
Goa has been attracting tourists for long to spend their New Year’s Eve in this famous beach city of India by the Arabian Sea. Live music, food, beer, fun, frolic, parties, sun, sea and the sand – that’s the perfect facet of Goa during Christmas and New Year bash. This Indian state is also a favorite destination for Bollywood stars, whose New Year's Eve antics throughout Goa serve up plenty of fodder for the tabloids. As for the locals, they generally keep to their own traditions with New Year's balls in nearly every brightly decorated village.
In Iceland, New Year's Eve traditions offer a good opportunity to brighten up one of the darkest days of the year. Days in mid-winter have only 4 or 5 hours of sunlight and sun sets before 4 p.m.; that is why the celebration starts a little bit early. At 6 p.m. the mass is organized at Reykjavik Cathedral. After the mass, locals and tourists share a meal with their families and close friends, and head outdoors for neighborhood bonfires. During these flame-fueled gatherings, you can see happy people dressed up as elves and trolls drinking mulled wine and singing folk songs. Also here you have the chance to admire the Aurora Borealis
Las Vegas is a great holiday destination for New Year’s Eve. Famous for its New Year’s Eve parties, Las Vegas hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals alike gather in Las Vegas for the world-renowned America's Party. Although casinos and outdoor activities can be found all over the city, Las Vegas New Years events are mainly held at the nightclubs along the Strip. The Las Vegas Strip is a four-mile-long promenade free of vehicles which hosts the biggest parties where you can drink, mingle and watch fireworks shot off from surrounding rooftops.
If you want to be one of the first who enter the New Year, then you should choose Sydney. Sydney is known as the New Year's Eve Capital of the World with a spectacular display over the iconic Harbour Bridge using tons of fireworks. Its main features are the two pyrotechnic displays, the 9pm Family Fireworks and the Midnight Fireworks; each year the event takes on a new theme. More than a million people gather around Sydney Harbour for Midnight Fireworks, countdown and party. Probably the best views of fireworks and all the New Years action are from one of the boats in the harbour.
Venice New Yaer’s Eve id called La Festa di San Silvestro. Thousands of tourists and locals alike wearing festive masks gather in St Mark's Square for midnight, where the bell of St. Mark's campanile announces the beginning of a new year. The celebration goes on with professional fireworks display along the waterfront. Fireworks can be admired on the coast while drinking prosecco and tasting the traditional lentil dish, which symbolizes good fortune. Don't forget to wear your red underwear for New Years Eve! Italians say it'll bring you luck in the coming year.
For an unforgivable New Year Celebration you should choose to join hundreds of thousands of people at Times Square. Millions people all over the world hold their breath watching Times Square on New Years Eve and waiting to see Waterford Crystal New Year's Eve Ball descending from the flagpole atop One Times Square building. The festivities continue after midnight with remarkable fireworks around the city. For more romantic New Years Eve celebration, New York City offers superb dining, special parties and New Years Eve cruises.
If you want to experience a dancing New Year then Barcelona is the right place! From ballroom dance to salsa and from flamenco to rock band performances – dance, music and parties are all over the city and festivities last for as long as a week. At midnight, when a great clock strikes twelve, join millions of Spanish to experience the old tradition of eating 12 grapes, one grape following each bell sound. If you’re gonna be in Barcelona until January 5, you can also enjoy the Cabalgata de Reyes, when the Reyes Magos meet children from a large number of floats.
Red Square hosts the huge Moscow's New Year's Eve party. When the Kremlin bells ring out, a massive and spectacular fireworks display takes place. Celebrating the Russian New Year on Red Square, though, is not for the faint of heart, because the Russian winters are very cold with frost and snowfall. If you miss New Year, it is worth noting that many Russians also celebrate the Orthodox New Year or Old New Year on the night of the 13 January.
Kitzbühel is the best holiday destination for a New Year's Eve in a quaint fairy tale setting. The ninth-century town of Kitzbühel attracts thousands of people each year; it is accustomed to receiving famous people like Coco Chanel and Kirk Douglas. Hotels, restaurants, gala dinners, medieval houses and large resorts, celebrate one of the best shows of the Alps. The highlight of every New Year in the Kitzbüheler Alpen is the unique sound of the rockets Kitzbühel on New Year's Day. Countless locals and thousands of guests flock to see the spectacular ski show performed by the Skischule Rote Teufel followed by a breathtaking fireworks display by firework-World Champion Armin Lukasser.