Everyone rings when the countdown begins between 10 seconds and midnight, then fireworks burst into the sky when the clock strikes at 12 o’clock. “Happy New Year!” And share a kiss. There are certain customs to follow when it comes to festivities. Think about Christmas and think of a turkey dinner with gifts under a tree. Also be careful not to stand under the mistletoe with someone who does not tempt you. It almost seems like people are just going to act when it comes to festive celebrations, which can leave someone feeling a little tired. However, if one is trying to change things, the following festivals around the world are good game changers.
Scotland, Edinburgh Hogmanay
From December 30 to January 1
Hogmanay is a Scottish word meaning the last day of the year. In Edinburgh, it also means a three-day inflamed bond that warms the heart in the middle of winter. The celebration begins with the magnificent traditional torchlight procession of December 30, a symbolic gesture (that the torches are lit on New Year’s Day), which sees a river of light carriers sneaking into the historic heart of the city. Accompanied by the young piping and drumming bands, the torchbearers will arrive at Holyrood Park, where the procession draws a distinct outline of Scotland with the torches. After the lit procession (pun intended), there will be only the embarrassment of choice for festive events as Edinburgh inaugurates the New Year. See you at the “best street party in the world of Nouvel” An “animated by Johnnie Walker, where live bands, DJs, street performers and acrobats create a jovial atmosphere while anticipating the end of the year with the castle ‘s fireworks. ; Edinburgh. Finally, start the year by joining the Loony Dook, a New Year tradition in which participants plunge into the cold waters of South Queensferry to raise funds for charity and get rid of their hangover in Hogmanay.
Visit www.edinburghshogmanay.com for a complete list of events.
The Bahamas, the Junkanoo of Nassau
December 26 and January 1
The dazzling Junkanoo of the Bahamas began when slaves from the British colonies, under the law, enjoyed a three-day holiday at Christmas. With this reprieve from work, they celebrated the event by singing and dancing in colorful masks. Fancy decorations on clothing, using materials found in their environment, such as feathers and papers, also contributed to the jubilation. Today, Junkanoo is a major cultural festival in the Bahamas, a magnificent celebration of life and freedom. It is marked by two spectacular parades on December 26 and January 1 from 1am to 9am. While the Junkanoo parades take place in most islands of the Bahamas, none are close to the extravagance in Nassau. As a community festival, friends and family come together to form groups, sometimes as many as 1,000 members, to coordinate music, costumes and dances according to a theme. All the elaborate costumes seen during the parades are made with unpretentious materials such as cardboard, crepe paper, feathers and pearls. To experience the festival in all its splendor, plan ahead and arrive early as some of the best views are those on the upper floors of Nassau Bay Street or side benches that you can book at the hotel. 39; advance. Take action by participating in the festival through arrangements with the hotel.
Visit www.bahamas.com for more details and other activities.
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