The winter months are cause for celebrations and there's a wide array of different celebrations that take place related to religion, nature & more. For many, these months also signify a transition into the new year on January 1st, sometimes later depending where you go! Some of these celebration involve traditions related to rebirth and signifying starting fresh for an upcoming year, while others have extravagant parties to ring in the new calendar year Here's just a few of some of the most interesting New Year's celebrations around the world!
New York City
Times Square in New York City into a bright stage for performances before the ceremonious lowering of a ball of light as the clock counts down to midnight (hence the term "when the ball drops" in reference to the turn of the New Year!) One of the business nights in the city, it's better to get there early for a good spot to see all the action.
Rio De Janiero, Brazil
In this warm paradise, Brazillians celebratre Réveillon as a way to ensure blessings for the upcoming year. Dressed in all white, locals and visitors alike head to the city's beaches with flowers in tow ready to throw into the ocean at midnight. Local tradition states this is done to appease the sea goddess Yemanjá in order for her to continue to bring prosperity into the new year. Music, dancing and fun ensure afterward as the city's streets, restaurants and bars fill up to continue to celebration.
In this tasty twist, Spanish locals and tourist all gather at their respective bars, parties or other gatherings and eat 12 grapes right at midnight - one for each clock chime during the countdown. To finish all the grapes on time means extra good luck for your upcoming year, before continuing with your partying for the rest of the night.
Though much later in the year since it follows a different calendar, Chinese New Year is rife with traditions to ring in the change. From doing a complete cleaning of their homes to signify the removal of old energies to money in red envelopes given to children to ward off evil, there's a rich history of practices that date back thousands of years. The celebration tends to fall in the spring months, but with fireworks and family dinners it's not unlike the January celebrations of other parts of the world.
By far the most interesting to us here at Rise Gear, it's not uncommon to see this luggage-related tradition on New Year's Day. On January 1st, Ecuadorians who were hoping to go on the trip of their dreams will walk around their block with empty luggage as a way to bring the adventure to fruition (our Rise Gear Roller
would be perfect!), also wearing some yellow in their outfit for general good luck for the year as well.
Travelling over the holidays and spending the New Year can be a truly refreshing and eye opening experience, so think about where you want to ring in the New Year. Happy Travels!