Epic fireworks displays, all-night dance parties, one-of-a-kind cultural traditions; these might be the best places to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31.
It’s almost that time of the year, when we all stand below the night sky, waiting for midnight to say goodbye to 2016 and to welcome 2017. There’s only one chance to see in the New Year, so it’s worth it to make the celebration memorable. We look at a few best New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world.
The Hong Kong New Year Fireworks and Countdown celebration is one of the most anticipated events every year. Imagine the city’s dramatic skyline lit up with a display of fireworks that grows more impressive every year, as the radiant Victoria Harbour becomes the belle of the ball for Hong Kong’s spectacular New Year countdown. Expect a fun-filled party atmosphere with a dazzling finale: a pyrotechnic dragon that dances across the sky. The events kick off in Hong Kong’s Times Square shopping mall, where a replica ball drop takes place in homage to New York City’s famous festivities. Victoria Harbour is the centre of the evening’s activities, as locals party on boats, rooftop terraces or at the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Tsa Shui for the best views of the dazzling lightshow.
Parties are nothing new for the people of Rio, famous for their high-energy celebration. So it’s no surprise that New Year’s Eve in the city has become of the world’s biggest parties, as more than two million people gather along the two- and-a-half-mile stretch of sand at the iconic Copacabana Beach. Traditionally, New Year is a time of renewal, a time to put the problems of the past behind and look forward to the future ahead. The people of Rio do this symbolically by wearing all white and new clothes, and cleansing themselves in the ocean waters while throwing flowers or small mementos into the ocean as gift to Yemanja, goddess of the seas. Large oceanfront stages hosts live musical and dance performances and a colourful fireworks display at midnight completes the celebrations.