Theme: New Year’s Celebrations
By now, every country on the planet has rung in the New Year starting from 5:00am EST December 31 in Samoa to 7:00am EST January 1 in the minor US outlying islands. Happy New Year, everyone! You’ve made it through another year. That’s a personal best. 🙂
But how do we celebrate the New Year? To learn more about this truly international celebration (and see some pretty cool pictures of fireworks and festivities), read on.
First off, when does 2016 start around the world? It actually takes 26 hours for every country in the world to ring in the New Year, so while you were still asleep, some countries were finishing up their year. To see when countries celebrated relative to your time zone, click here.
If you would like to see what a live coverage of this global event looks like, click here. The Guardian updated its feed throughout the day to include pictures from cities throughout the world. Prepare yourself for many gorgeous pictures of fireworks (and some scary ones from the fire in Dubai).
In this link, National Geographic has helpfully listed what it considers the top ten best New Year’s celebrations in the world. It’s a good place to start your search (Personally, I recommend looking into the Rio de Janeiro celebration. It’s pretty awesome.). Tragically, there are no pictures. 😦
To make up for the last link’s lack of pictures, click here, here, here, and here. The first three links contain a lot of the same pictures, places, and information, but if you like looking at fireworks, you’re in the right place. The last one contains pictures of New Year’s celebrations that don’t just take place on December 31st/January 1st. It’s a welcome change.
Speaking of a welcome change, what do non-Americans do to celebrate the New Year – whether by Julian calendar or otherwise? Well, if you’d like to know how people in Ecuador, Russia, Nigeria, etc. celebrate, click here and here. In these links, you’ll learn about drinking your wishes, dancing in the New Year, throwing things into the ocean, and more. It’s really interesting.
For other traditions (mostly Western), click here. You’ll learn about wassailing, First Foot, and how to ring in the year right (It might just give you ideas for next year!). For non-Julian New Year celebrations in the Chinese, Jewish, Thai, etc. traditions, click here. It’s a short list from Scholastic meant for mostly teachers and students, but it’s a good start.
Finally, have some comics about the New Year’s! Clicking here will take you to a Pinterest page of New Year’s comics (though I’d call them more illustrations than actual comics), clicking here will take you to Cyanide & Happiness’ New Year’s comics from 2006 to 2013, and clicking here will take you to every Calvin & Hobbes New Year’s comics (Most don’t have anything to do with New Year’s, but, hey, it’s Calvin & Hobbes.).
Have a Happy New Year!