To begin with, let me wish all my readers a very Happy New Year 2017. In this post I will tell you everything you need to know about the New Year celebrations across the world.
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New Year is one of the most awaited occasions and is celebrated all over the world. It is the time to celebrate the coming of the forthcoming year and bid goodbye to the year that has passed by.
Do you know that New Year is not necessarily celebrated on 1st of January all over the world?
Not all the countries follow the same calendar. Countries like China, India and Israel have their own versions of lunar calendar and celebrate New Year at different periods. For instance, some countries prefer to celebrate New Year in spring, when it’s time to sow new crops, while others in autumn i.e. at the time of harvest. No matter what the time of celebration is, the occasion is celebrated with same passion and enthusiasm across the globe.
Happy New Year Celebrations around the World
Different countries follow different traditions and customs on the New Year. Have a look:
1. New Year in Australia
Like most parts of the world, New Year in Australia is celebrated with great zeal and passion. The celebrations start from December 31st and continue till the 6th of January. It is a public holiday and people gather together with their near and dear ones to celebrate the Day. People often go out for picnic, surfing, camping, water sports and other forms of outing, to spend time in the most wonderful manner.
2. New Year in Canada
The Day is celebrated on a grand scale all over Canada. Generally, New Year’s Eve is a social holiday in the country. Midnight parties steal the show, where people hit the dance floor to the beats of fast music. Some of the cities in Canada, like Toronto and Montreal, have a number of music shows and firework displays, which attract hundreds of tourists from all over the world.
3. New Year in France
In France, New Year celebrations are popularly known as ‘Reveillon’. Earlier, French people used to celebrate New Year between the end of March and the beginning of April. However, after the introduction of the Gregorian calendar, in 1582, they adopted the reformed calendar. Today, like other parts of the world, they consider 1st January as the beginning of the year.
4. New Year in Germany
Like most parts of the world, in Germany also, New Year is celebrated with great pomp and show. The merry-making and enjoyment starts from the very eve of New Year (the day before the New Year’s Day), which is called ‘Silvester’ in Germany. It is so called as 31st December is also the feast day of Saint Sylvester, who was a pope of the 4th century.
5. New Year in Italy
Where do the stars like Nicholas Cage, Vin Diesel, Jon Bon Jovi and Monica Belluci disappear at the time of New Year? You will find these stars going back to their sweet home, Italy on 31st December – ‘the call of nativity’. Celebrating the New Year in the romantic country like Italy is a delight in itself, creating moments that you will treasure and cherish throughout your life.
6. New Year in Japan
New Year is a time of celebrations all over Japan. The Japanese have been celebrating this day on the 1st of January as per the Gregorian calendar only since 1873. Before that, they used to celebrate New Year in the month of spring, as per the Chinese lunar calendar. The people of Japan welcome New Year with great zeal and enthusiasm and follow several customs and traditions on this day.
7. New Year in New Zealand
If you are looking for the ultimate New Year destination, then pack your bags and head towards this amazing island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean. New Zealand, with its lush greenery and beautiful landscapes, is really a traveler’s paradise and it will be all the more better if the time of your visit coincides with the New Year.
8. New Year in Russia
No one can beat Russians in following the country’s customs and rituals. And this holds true during New Year celebrations also which are observed with great splendor and glory in the region. It is often said that if you have not celebrated New Year in the Russian style, you have never really celebrated it at all. For Russians, the occasion is all about sharing and giving love.
9. New Year in Singapore
Home to many cultures and customs, Singapore turns into a hub of celebrations at the time of New Year. Unlike other festivals, New Year’s Eve here is celebrated in Chinese tradition. It is also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (Chun Jie). Based on the traditional lunar calendar, the New Year Festival in Singapore is celebrated over a period of 15 days.
10. New Year in Spain
The feeling of New Year approaching makes us see the world around us in a brighter light. The days before New Year’s Eve are the time of celebration and joy, as it takes us to the beginning of the New Year’s cycle. It is a new beginning, leaving the worries and sadness behind and welcoming the New Year with open arms.
11. New Year in UK
January 1 is considered as the first day of the first month of a year, as per the Gregorian calendar. In the year 1752, this day was officially declared as New Year’s Day in UK and its colonies across the world. From then onwards, it serves as a door to send old year out and bring New Year in. In UK, New Year is celebration time, when everybody seems to be in the perfect festive mood after Christmas. The land, water and hills of UK all can be seen drenched in the lights of New Year.
12. New Year in USA
USA has the Gregorian calendar as a base to celebrate New Year on the 1st of January. The custom was brought into practice in year 1752. In USA, New Year’s Eve is considered as a time when a lot of social meetings with friends, family members and neighbors take place. These gatherings are full of fun and laughter. Full of alcohol and lavish food, these parties are a true projection of the spirit of celebration and culture of Americans.
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