In larger cities like Ljubljana, Maribor, Celje or Koper there are concerts, culture programmes and countdowns followed by fireworks. Tradition is that the family comes together and has dinner. At midnight, people toast with champagne, wish each other a happy new year, fortune and health. People have already decorated the Christmas tree before Christmas and children are waiting for the third “Goodman of December – Dedek Mraz.” Traditionally, there is first a feast, commonly consisting of stuffed, roast turkey with potatoes, sprouts, gravy and Waldorf salad.
The emperor Julius Caesar decided to solve the problem by consulting with the most prominent astronomers and mathematicians of his time. He introduced the Julian calendar, which closely resembles the more modern Gregorian calendar that most countries around the world use today. Other cities across Scotland, such as Aberdeen, Glasgow and Stirling have large organised celebrations too, including fireworks at midnight. Thousands of people gather in central London for New Year celebrations, including fireworks at the London Eye at midnight. On 13 January, a large part of the population celebrates “Serbian New Year”, according to the Julian calendar. This translates as “We warn famine to retire, To the land of the Turks; From tonight to this night twelve months, And from this night itself.” The bits of cake would be gathered, and eaten by the family.
The legume can come in different forms, such as soup, to help with finances in the New Year. Then, before midnight, they believe people should also eat seven raisins (because why not?!). Greeks celebrate their New Year with card games and feasting. At midnight, the lights are turned off, followed by the Basil’s Pie, which contains a coin. Whoever gets the piece of pie containing the coin wins luck for the next year. Many of New Zealand’s cities and towns see in the new year with open-air concerts and fireworks displays.
New Year’s Eve is celebrated in Chile by the observation of traditional rituals, such as wearing yellow underwear and yellow clothing. People who want to travel walk the streets with a suitcase in hand, others hold money in their hand or place coins at their door for good fortune in the new year. Celebrations include a family dinner with special dishes, feliz año nuevo usually lentils for good luck, and twelve grapes to symbolize wishes for each month of the coming year. Family celebrations usually last until midnight, then some continue partying with friends until dawn. In Chile’s capital Santiago, thousands of people gather at the Entel Tower to watch the countdown to midnight and a fireworks display.
If you’re calling into a party on video chat, there are also plenty ofgames to play on Zoom. Yoga is an easy way to start your day on a refreshing note. Find an online class — you could try YouTube for a free flow or head to Eventbrite for a NYE-themed class — or download a top-rated yoga app. Try a vinyasa practice for something firey and fast or a yin yoga practice for something slow and relaxing. Bring on the best party activities, glittery decorations, and bubbly champagnes.
A multi-layered bento box filled with auspicious foods, a full-blown osechi meal can take days to prepare. Unsurprisingly, many have decided to outsource the work to department stores or even convenience stores, where you can reserve your boxes in advance. Most shops are typically closed until January 3, but the upcoming January will be even tamer than usual, with the government calling for companies to extend their New Year holidays to January 11.
In many countries, New Year’s celebrations begin on the evening of December 31—New Year’s Eve—and continue into the early hours of January 1. Revelers often enjoy meals and snacks thought to bestow good luck for the coming year. In Spain and several other Spanish-speaking countries, people bolt down a dozen grapes-symbolizing their hopes for the months ahead-right before midnight.