New Years Eve

New Years Eve

Image Courtesy: Tom Bricker used under the Creative Commons Licence

All around the world.

31st December 2014.

New Years Eve is generally celebrated at evening social gatherings, where people dance, eat, and drink beverages. New Year’s Eve celebration usually also goes on past midnight into January 1 (New Year’s Day). The night is celebrated with all the festivities of the world’s most massive events. While some people attend midnight mass, others celebrate in various other forms.

Different parts of the world have different ways of celebrating it. For instance, people in Brazil wear white to ward off evil spirits. China witnesses dazzling firework displays. The Danes smash plates and glasses against their house for good luck. The Japanese clean their houses and visit temples where the bells chime 108 times to start the year afresh.

More often than not, people attend formal masquerade balls, costume parties, small parties or gatherings at their homes. As the clock strikes twelve and ushers in New Year’s Day, people exchange hugs, kisses, and wish each other a ‘Happy New Year’.

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