Somehow, with every revolution of the earth around the sun, comes the realization that in the hustle and bustle of daily life, the year snuck by and January 1st is just around the corner! This year, throw out the tired resolutions that you recycle year after year and resolve instead to enhance your life with history, heritage and culture by traveling! At Auto Europe, we share your passion for travel and work hard to find interesting and exciting happenings around the world, with the hope that it inspires you to explore! Start your New Year’s off with a bang in one of these exciting destinations, or start scheming for next year!
Good Riddance Day | New York—From bad break-ups and broken promises, to recovering health and crazy bosses, Good Riddance Day is a pre-new years event that takes the phrase, “Out with the old, in with the new” to a new level. Jot your angst and issues down on paper in advance and join the throng in Times Square, as participants feed these written notes into an industrial paper shredder. This is symbolizes casting off woes and celebrating triumphs–to face the upcoming year with a renewed sense of purpose and determination! If your ire is directed at a more tangible object, say for instance your computer at work that runs like an overfed hamster on a broken wheel (like mine), you have the opportunity to break the said object with a sledgehammer! A cleanup crew is generously provided for when you’ve worked out your frustrations. It’s no wonder this now annual event has been a huge hit with locals and tourists alike. I would just like to put on record that this would also be the perfect Anti-Valentine’s Day activity!
The Ball Drop | New York—Once you’ve participated in Good Riddance Day, you can’t leave before the main event! New York’s New Years Eve Ball is a dazzling geodesic sphere created from thousands of Waterford Crystals and illuminated by an equally plentiful spectrum of LED lights. New Years Eve in New York is a star-studded, pyrotechnic, musical, extravaganza that rocks the Big Apple like nothing else. From jaw-dropping performances to glittering galas for the estimated million people packed in Times Square and millions more watching via television screens across the world, the NYE countdown and ball drop is the premier event that signifies that a new year has truly begun!
Sydney New Year’s Eve | Australia—How about an appetizer of aerial acrobatics over the Sydney Harbor, or perhaps a side of classic tug-of-war with a burning rope as incentive? These are just a few of the demonstrations that you will feast your eyes on at the Sydney New Year’s Eve celebration! The festivities also pay homage to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with a mixed program that takes place in the evening. Participants in the Harbour of Light Parade glide across the water in a smooth procession in vessels decked out according to the event theme. Sydney Harbour Bridge is the point over which the succession of firework competitions and other light displays are set.
Saint-Sylvestre | Le Jour de l’An | France—Sparkling lights are magnified by ice crystals that reflect playfully across glistening snow, as radiant illuminations emanate across the sky. Bands play and people cheer, glasses clink and toasts are made to the end of the year. Paris, which has a unique allure for romantics in any season, is particularly magical during the holidays. Saint-Sylvestre is still a prominent name for this New Year’s Event outside of Brazil. Dance the night away at exclusive clubs along the Champs-Elysées, visit the less boisterous but no less vital celebrations surrounding Sacre Couer in Montmartre, or attend an elegant masquerade ball! On the morning of a Le Jour de l’An (New Year’s Day), share your resolutions for the upcoming year with friends and family. New Years in Paris is an event that everyone should experience once in their lives!
Noche Vieja | Spain—There’s a palpable air of excitement as the minutes tick away to the coming New Year. In Madrid’s Puerto del Sol Square, celebrants gather in anticipation with friends, family and strangers listening to music and watching eclectic performances. As the twelve strokes of midnight commence, twelve grapes that signify luck are brought forth by each participant and consumed. Don’t expect to spend much time in your hotel room because New Year’s parties carry on into the wee hours of the morning. Pour a glass of cava and watch the first sunrise of the New Year from a rooftop overlooking the Spanish skyline.
Réveillon | Saint-Sylvestre | Brazil—Latin America has one of the most vibrant and passionate cultures in the world, which is never more apparent than when there’s a cause for celebration! Second only to Carnivale, New Years is the best time to experience Brazil, and Rio de Janeiro is where you’ll find the largest concentration of lively party-goers. The Copacabana Beach offers a front seat to the fireworks for free, with a variety of live music for the budget-minded or casual festival observer. If you’re looking for a more premier setting, choose a New Year’s Eve Réveillon at one of the luxurious Rio de Janeiro hotels where sumptuous meals, sparkling champagne and beautiful people are in abundance. Miles away on the Southern Coast of Brazil, Sao Paolo also offers festivities to commemorate the New Year and Saint-Sylvestre’s Day, including a daylight road race and parties. Small compared to Rio, they still offer a wild and wonderful time in the evening! When choosing a wardrobe, wearing white is an auspicious choice, which is said to bring a measure of good fortune in the coming year.
Tweede Nuwe Jaar | South Africa—While the roots of Tweede Nuwe Jaar are from a darker time in South Africa’s history, the holiday that takes place in Cape Town today is a thriving Minstrel Festival of music and dance. The festival and competition involve participants in numerous skill-building aspects, from playing instruments, singing, dancing, creating costumes, event and project management, which lead up to the final event, Tweede Nuwe Jaar. The sounds of the minstrel troupes are a multicultural, genre–based blend from the countries that have influenced the South African culture over the years. Market stalls and musicians, costumes and parades—this carnival atmosphere is infectious!
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