‘Newness hath an evanescent beauty.’ These are the words of the German poet Heinrich Hein, which according to me, and I’m sure you’d agree, cannot be truer than in the present context. New Year isn’t just a day’s worth of celebration, but a three sixty-five days’ worth of hope. It is the beginning of a new beginning. Now let’s take a look at New Year’s celebrations around the world!
Gisborne, New Zealand
New Zealand is the first country to begin a new year, and Gisborne is the most prominent city that first welcomes the latest year with a warm hug. The city glistens in all the firework and thrives in large street parties all over. Sky Tower in Auckland, an observation, and telecommunications tower, is the launch site of the illuminations.
New York, with its hustling crowd busy round the clock, is set for a fantastic New Year’s Eve celebration. The famous Times Square Ball descends down a 43-metre pole in sixty seconds, starting at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time Zone) and reaches the bottom exactly when the clock strikes midnight! The ceremony attracts a million onlookers every year.
One of Australia’s largest cities, Sydney is the most populous town in Oceania. The place famous for its sail-like harbourfront Opera House hosts one of the most spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations. Fireworks go off twice, the 9 PM Family Fireworks and the Midnight Fireworks, both of which make for a perfect spectacle, and a grand welcome to the new year.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This city, which hosted the Olympics in 2016, celebrates its New Year in summer, owing to the fact that it lies in the southern hemisphere. The city offers a delightful show of fireworks at various places, the most distinguished being the Copacabana beach. The bright colors dazzle your eyes while the city greets the coming year with great pomp and show.
The eve of a new year is celebrated in high spirits all over the country. Along with metropolitans like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc., various other parts of India thrive in festivities and celebrate the onset of a new year. Other favorite New Year destinations include Goa, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Bangalore, and Chennai.
Where are you celebrating this New Year’s Eve?