New Year is celebrated in almost every country of the world, and for countries which follow the Gregorian calendar such as Europe, America and Australasia amongst others this takes place on 1 st of January.
There are many traditions surrounding New Year; it is now common to celebrate with fireworks. Around the world big cities such as London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Paris and Hong Kong hold large public displays and hold street parties. Private parties also let off fireworks at midnight too, never mind if you had just gone to sleep or got the baby off to sleep….
Of course the most popular tradition of all is to have your family around you at New Year, so get them all over for a get together, play games or watch a family movie. Then at midnight, sing Auld Lang Syne and wish each other a Happy New Year.
If you have young children, they may very well not make it to midnight. Well, just change your time zone! It will be midnight somewhere in the world at any time of day so choose your location from this time zone map and celebrate accordingly.
For example, if you want your party to finish at 9pm UK time, pretend you live in Madagascar, Kuwait, Eastern Africa or Belarus. You could even theme your party around whatever country you are celebrating with.
Another solution is to simply celebrate New Year’s Day rather than New Year’s Eve. A traditional way to celebrate is to prepare a special New Year's lunch, then go out for a walk weather permitting of course.
Perhaps you'd like to go out for the day?
Many fun events take place on New Year’s Day. Parades are held in many major cities - the biggest in Europe is The London Parade . There are also lots of sporting events, festivals and lots of insane people who swim in rivers and seas, usually for charity.
Taking their lead from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, lots of theatres, venues and arts centres hold New Year’s Day Concerts, and many are child friendly.
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