How New Year Is Celebrated Around the World
While everyone waits for the coming of a New Year, you can expect that New Year is celebrated in different ways all around the world!
Interested to know how some countries usher in the New Year? Read on and find out!
Australia is among the first countries to celebrate the New Year – each year!
In the land down under, it’s important to pray in church and thank the Lord for the year that was, and the one that’s about to come. At the Sydney Harbor, more than 60,000 fireworks are lit to celebrate the coming year—and parties are held everywhere, too!
The United States
While there are various celebrations in different American states, one of the most awaited New Year’s Eve events in America is the Giant Ball Drop in Times Square, where a giant ball of lights is dropped to the ground as the clock strikes 12. It was originally hosted by Dick Clark, but in recent years, Ryan Seacrest has proven to be a worthy replacement.
Meanwhile, in Serbia, New Year’s is celebrated like Christmas. Kids believe that Santa Claus would visit the house and leave some presents under the Christmas tree, and the start of the New Year is not recognized until January 13!
Food is a big part of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Estonia. People eat an average of 7 to 12 meals that day. They believe that each meal they consume would help give them more strength that they can use for the coming year.
What’s interesting is that part of the meals is left unfinished. Why? Well, Estonians believe that they should leave some for their ancestors and spirits who might visit the house on New Year’s Eve!
If food plays a big role in Estonia, in Denmark, dishes—literal dishes like plates and mugs—do!
First, they eat a really huge cake that’s shaped like a steep cone decorated with flags and firecrackers. Then, they throw dishes as a symbol of letting go of what’s broken in their lives and moving forward to the future!
If Serbians wait for Santa, the Japanese traditionally believe that Toshigami or the God of the New Year visits their homes, and they have to ring their bells 108 times. They also make sure that their houses are clean. They send cards of gratitude to family and friends, too.
And finally, in the Philippines, New Year is celebrated with a bang!
Aside from the fact that there are fireworks displays all around to let go of the negativity and welcome the coming year with positivity, food also plays a big role in the celebrations. Traditional food that are prepared include pancit, which signifies long life, malagkit or biko to signify tight family bonds, and lechon or roasted pig as a symbol of the prosperity that’s to come with the New Year!
This just proves that the world truly is a colorful and diverse place—especially during the New Year! How about you? Where are you celebrating New Year’s Eve this year?