In Spain, it’s tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight to bring prosperity in the new year. Light a fire, pour some wine, and make a delicious cheese platter to devour come midnight. Who knows, it might just bring you extra luck in the new year. Life can get hectic, and sometimes the thing you want more thananythingis some quality time with your partner. Planning a getaway, even if it’s just for one night, is one of those New Year’s Eve traditions for couples that both of you can look forward to every year.
Broadcaster Mediacorp organises a televised concert at The Promontory. Smaller, local celebrations are also held outside of the downtown core. New York City and Times Square serve as the focal point for national media coverage of the holiday. Bandleader Guy Lombardo and his band—The Royal Canadians—were well known for their annual broadcast from New York City.
If the idea of a little extra luck sounds good to you, why not go all out with that cheese and grapes platter and add meats, other fruits, and crackers to turn it into a full-oncharcuterie board? Plan a great wine pairing and build a party-worthy board to impress your partner. Whether it’s a hotel in the next town or downtown, it will be a night away.
Countdown to New Year is with the Helsinki Cathedral clock. In the afternoon programme, the German comedy sketch Dinner for One is shown every year. On the radio, just before midnight, the poem Hymyilevä Apollo by Eino Leino is read. There are New Year feliz año nuevo countdown parties in major cities such as George Town, Shah Alam and Kuching, typically organised by the private sector in these cities. There are two New Years celebrated in both North and South Korea, which are Lunar New Year and Solar New Year.
In Poland New Year’s Eve celebrations include both indoor and outdoor festivities. A large open-air concert is held in the Main Square in Kraków. 150,000 to 200,000 revelers celebrate the New Year with live music and a fireworks display over St. Mary’s Basilica. Similar festivities are held in other cities around Poland.
Dessert will often be vanilla pudding or rice cream, and there will be cakes and coffee later in the evening – commonly accompanied by a glass of cognac. Then, at close to midnight on New Year’s Day, people will go outside to send up fireworks. Fireworks are only permitted to be sold to the general public on the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, and only to be launched that night. New Year’s Eve in Hungary is celebrated with home parties and street parties, including a gathering in downtown Budapest. Champagne, wine and traditional Hungarian New Year dishes—frankfurter sausages with horseradish, lentil soup, fish, and roast pig—are consumed.
Auckland regularly has a fireworks display at midnight from the top of the Sky Tower. In Wellington, Frank Kitts Park is the venue for a festival including fireworks, music, and open-air film displays. Similar events occur in Hamilton, starting with a family-friendly event at Steele Park, followed by an adult-specific party at SkyCity Hamilton. Gisborne, one of the first cities in the world to see sunrise at new year also celebrates with a new year festival. The small town of Whangamata, on the Coromandel Peninsula, is a major party venue in the new year, especially for Aucklanders. In Port of Spain the tradition is to celebrate in one’s yard with friends, family and neighbors, and eat and drink till sunrise.
Countdown is now broadcast live on Government televisions from Putrajaya and the Broadcasting centre which the concert is held and Fireworks are displayed at the Petronas Towers. Sometimes marriages and weddings take place in the clubs at night of 31 December so that the people can enjoy more. In the Mercado del Puerto there is a massive “cider fight” accompanied by music. At the stroke of midnight people flock to the streets to enjoy fireworks and light firecrackers, and to eat Twelve Grapes. The main event takes place at midnight where fireworks are lit along with thousands of life-size effigies called “Año Viejo”. Most every local family creates the effigy from paper scraps, old clothes or purchases it altogether.