New Year's Eve celebrations around the World

New Year's Eve celebrations around the World
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It's almost that time of year when we celebrate the ending of the year passed and make plans and think of our hopes for the year to come. So how do different countries bring in the New Year? Let's find out:


Possibly the most famous event on the list is the Ball drop in Times Square, New York. The crystal ball, situated on the top of the New York Times building, has been dropping annually since 1907 and has become a bucket list item for many avid travelers. Festivities will start around 6pm, when the ball will be lit and raised to the top of the tower, the evening will then be spent enjoying live performances from dance groups and musicians such as Ava Max, Jvke, and Chelsea Cutler. After the ball drops at Midnight, there will be a fireworks display followed by the end of the show at 12:15.

There are many private parties planned surrounding the event, including the VIP  party at the Mariott Marquis which claims to have the best view of the ball drop in New York. For info on all the events and ticket purchase info, visit


The First of January also happens to be the Haitian Independence Day so locals celebrate by sharing soup. The pumpkin soup, known as soup Joumou, was always considered a delicacy which slaves were banned from eating. So it's a fitting way for the residents to celebrate the start of a new year as well as another year of freedom. Most locals visit family and friends and share each other's soups as every household makes it slightly differently.


The Japanese see New Year as a much more spiritual event than other countries. Most families partake in Hatsumode or The first Shrine visit of the New Year. Entire families gather at their chosen temple and pay their respects and make wishes for the New Year.

Locals also take the time to send hand written cards to family and friends and enjoy some Soba (Buckwheat noodles) on Old Year's eve.


Dublin plays host to the ever popular, family friendly New Years Festival. The festival takes place from 31 December to 1 January and is filled with live band performances, a fireworks display at midnight, as well as a small music festival just for traditional Irish music.

South Africa

As with most South African special days, locals always end up on the beach. Most of the population will make a trip to the nearest beach or river for a swim. This custom is seen as a way to wash away the events of the past year and to start fresh for the New Year. This is usually followed by the ever favorite Braai (BBQ) and celebratory drinks with friends or family.

How do you plan to celebrate this New Year??