New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration, and many people around the world mark the occasion with parties, festivals, and other events. As the clock ticks close to midnight, synchronized chanting of the countdown can be heard across the major cities. Some of these events are even bigger than the celebrations at major sporting events.
Every nation and culture has its own way of celebrating the earth’s completion of a revolution around the sun. Some cultures and religions celebrate their own new year, which does not align with the Gregorian calendar, i.e, Navroz, Muharram, etc.
Here are some of the biggest and most well-known New Year’s Eve celebrations from around the globe:
- Times Square, New York City: Perhaps the most iconic New Year’s Eve celebration, the Times Square ball drop in New York City is watched by millions of people on TV and attracts a live audience of over a million people. As the clock strikes midnight, a glittering ball is lowered down a pole on the rooftop of One Times Square, signaling the start of the new year.
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The UAE welcomes the new year in style. From fireworks in dozens of locations, drone shows, and star-studded concerts, New Year’s Eve celebrations at Burj Khalifa are truly something that stands out from the rest.
- Sydney Harbour, Australia: The first major city to ring in the new year, Sydney celebrates with a spectacular fireworks display over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. The event is attended by more than one million people and watched by millions more on TV.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Rio’s New Year’s Eve celebration, known as “Reveillon,” is an all-night party on the beach featuring live music, dancing, and of course, fireworks. The event attracts thousands of tourists and locals alike.
- Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebration is a three-day festival featuring concerts, street parties, and a torchlight procession. The celebration culminates on New Year’s Eve with a massive street party and fireworks display.
- Tokyo, Japan: In Japan, New Year’s Eve is a time for family gatherings and traditional ceremonies. At midnight, people visit shrines and temples to pray for good fortune in the coming year and ring in the new year with the ringing of bells.
- Las Vegas, Nevada: Las Vegas is known for its lavish New Year’s Eve parties and events, with many hotels and casinos hosting live music, performances, and other entertainment. The city also has a number of fireworks displays and other pyrotechnic displays to mark the occasion.
These are just a few of the many New Year’s Eve celebrations that take place around the world. No matter where you are, there’s sure to be a fun and festive way to ring in the new year!