5 New Year’s Eve Parties Worldwide
While America will be bringing in New Year’s Eve tonight from Time’s Square to Los Angeles with the usual group of music bands, partying, and drinking, this is not necessarily the case from around the world. Other countries have distinct traditions that they participate in for the New Year’s Eve parties. I want to thank reader (and world traveler) Logan Horsford for bringing this article suggestion. You can read about Logan’s globetrotting at his web site http://logansvoyage.blogspot.com/.
When you spend New Year’s in Russia, you are in for a treat. The Russian’s believe that New Year’s is even more important than Christmas. Think about all of that capitalistic shopping we do here in the United States, combine it into a group of people who grew up on socialism, pour about a billion gallons of vodka on it and explode it all into one night! That’s a Russian New Year Celebration! The Russian’s celebrate with fireworks, parties, and their own Santa Claus, known as Ded Moroz (Father Winter) who brings presents for all of the little children. Russian’s also leave the trees up throughout the New Year, because their Christmas is celebrated on January 7th.
Not to be outdone by the Russians, China holds New Years as one of it’s most sacred holidays, as well. Known as the “Spring Festival”, Chinese New Years is celebrated with fireworks, festivals, and their sacred “Reunion Dinner”. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone. The holiday is steeped in religion and mythology.
This is one of my most favorite New Year’s celebrations. Ecuadorians really know how to party. The people of this South American country like to bring in the New Year by burning effigies (large paper statues) of famous people, politicians, fictional characters, and even superheroes. The large structures, known as viejo, are stuffed with explosives and then set ablaze in the streets! The reason they do this is to destroy all the woes of the world and hope for a better tomorrow. But those crazy Ecuadorians aren’t done just yet! Next, all of the men dress up as the “widows” of the viejo and beg for money from the destroyed figures. Tell me these guys don’t like to party!?!
Traveling to northern Africa and the mouth of the Nile, Egypt practices New Years according to Islamic tradition. As soon as the new crescent Moon draws over the sky of Egypt, the entire Egyptian skyline gets illustrated with beautiful gleaming lights, and firecracker shows. However, the date and time of appearance of new crescent Moon is well predicted in advance, but in real, the New Year celebrations are only officially imitated with the actual appearance of the new crescent Moon. As soon as that occurs, an official announcement is made for the same from Muhammad Ali mosque, situated at the tip of the hill of Cairo, Egypt.
Yes, they even celebrate New Year’s eve in Antarctica. Remember, it’s summer there, so it is relatively warm there (meaning, not -400 degrees Celsius). During the New Year, it is continuously daylight and there is plenty of sightseeing and kayaking to do. A travel agency offers 12 day tours of the Southern Pole where you can see glaciers, penguins and other wildlife in their natural habitat.