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Sunday, December 30, 2012

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. After a brief respite, (enough to catch your breath and rest a bit), its time to get ready for the New Year's Eve/Day celebration. Regardless of where you will be spending it be it,  in the lovely city of Paris, France or at home watching the ball drop at New York Times Square, I hope you have a wonderful celebration.  If you decide to imbibe in more than the usual toast or two, take care to drive responsibly or have a designated driver.

If your interested, scroll down to read a bit about how other countries celebrate the New Year.

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National celebrations

New York City's Times Square is the best location for the New Year's celebrations in the United States with the famous ball drop.

In the United Kingdom there are many celebrations across the towns and cities, particularly in Scotland.
In London, England, thousands gather along the Embankment on the River Thames to watch the fireworks around the London Eye. The New Year officially starts when Big Ben strikes twelve.

In Scotland, there are many special customs associated with the New Year. These are a part of the Scottish celebration Hogmanay, the Scots name for New Year's Eve. The famous street party in Princes Street in Edinburgh is one example.
In Wales, Calennig is celebrated, with celebrations attracting thousands of people in the capital, Cardiff.

In Greece and Cyprus, families and relatives switch off the lights at midnight, then celebrate by cutting the "vassilopita" (Basil's pie) which usually contains one coin or equivalent. Whoever wins expects luck for the whole year. After the pie, a traditional game of cards called "triantaena" (31) follows.

In Nassau, Bahamas, the Junkanoo parade takes place.

In the Philippines, fireworks, booming sound system as well as make a lot of noise with the belief that the noises would scare evil spirits away, preventing them from bringing bad luck to the coming new year. The tables are laden with food for the Media Noche or midnight meal, and there is a basket of 12 different round fruits to symbolize prosperity in each of the coming year's 12 months. Public new year parties like those in New York and Sydney are also available to the people and very well attended.

In Russia and the other 14 former republics of the Soviet Union, the celebration of Novi God is greeted by fireworks and drinking champagne. The New Year is considered a family celebration, with lavish food and gifts. In Moscow, the president of Russia counts down the final seconds of the "old year", as it is traditionally called in Russia. The Kremlin's landmark Spassky Clock Tower chimes in the new year and then the anthem starts. It is customary to make a wish while the Clock chimes. Old New Year is celebrated on January 14 (equivalent to January 1 in the "old style" Julian calendar. It isn't the official holiday, but only after Old New Year do people take decorations and Christmas trees (firs) away.
In Davos, Switzerland, the final match of the Spengler Cup ice hockey Tournament is usually held on this day by tradition.

In the United States, it is traditional to spend this occasion together with loved ones. A toast is made to the new year, with kisses, fireworks and parties among the customs. It is popular to make a New Year's resolution, although that is optional. In the country's most famous New Year celebration in New York City, the 11,875-pound (5,386-kg), 12-foot-diameter (3.7-m) Times Square Ball located high above One Times Square is lowered starting at 11:59 p.m., with a countdown from sixty seconds until one second, when it reaches the bottom of its tower. The arrival of the new year is announced at the stroke of midnight with fireworks, music and a live celebration that is broadcast worldwide.

In France,[6] people concern much attention to the weather that day. They regard the weather as the prediction of that year: wind blowing east, fruit will yield; wind blowing west, fish and livestock will be bumper; wind blowing south, there will be good weather all year round and wind blowing north, there will be crop failure. People would like to toast for the new year and drink till January 3. They think that they can't gain a beautiful year if they don't drink up all the wine left last year.

In Spain, you should have 12 grapes at hand when the clock strikes 12 at midnight. For each stroke you should eat one grape. If you manage to consume all grapes within the period of the strikes, it means good luck in the new year.

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Wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!  See you in the New Year!  ♥


  1. So many different customs! My children will be at the street party in Edinburgh - a chilly night is forecast. My husband and I will be sitting beside a crackling log fire, in the quiet of a Highland glen.

  2. I love Andre Rieu! I watch him on PBS every single holiday season.

    My husband works straight through, no days off for New Years. He works for Pepsi so it's a busy time for them! Because of that we always stay home and quite honestly, we're not comfortable drinking away from home anymore. Maybe a beer or two once in a while but otherwise, we feel safer in our nest when we drink!

    I enjoyed my beautiful treasures I won from you so very much! They're packed away, safe and sound, ready to come out next Christmas and I will treasure them always:)

    Have a wonderful New Year's my friend!!!

  3. Happy New Year, Kris! So interesting to see how all the different countries celebrate New Years. I am so glad to have found your blog, it is filled with beauty and simplicity.... two things which I appreciate very much. I hope the new year brings you peace and joy, and prosperity for both of us.
    Love to you, my sweet friend.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  4. I love all the different customs. I live so close to Times Square but have not venture there for New Years Eve. Just a little to cold and crowded for me.

    Happy New Year Kristie!!!

  5. I'm gonna have grapes! Happy New Year Kris!

  6. Happy New Year sweet Kris - hope 2013 brings you what you wish for,
    A xxx

  7. Interesting to read! Happy New Year to you and everyone you love sweetie! :-)

  8. These are wonderful!! I love New Years :)) NY's in Scotland is wonderful...lots of different parties and many get down to Edinburgh or Glasgow for the bells and nice!! We watch it all on tv since we have the young ones here, they like having a little party and staying up way past their bed times ;) I hope you have a wonderful time no matter what you do and may the New Year be a beautiful one for you, filled with happy times and adventures!! Lots of love xx

  9. Dear Kristie,

    Bonne Année 2013


  10. Dearest Kris, I also wish you a happy and healthy 2013! May your wishes and dreams come true this year! I hoppe, you have got a good start into the new year 2013 and have got a wonderful new year's eve with your family. We spend new year's eve at home, sat on the sofa and watched DVDs. Very lazy! ;-)
    Oh I wish, I could be there in NY one day. It looks so great!
    Warm regards,

  11. Merci Kristie pour tous ces mots que vous m'avez envoyé cette année,c'est pour moi un vrai plaisir qui me motive pour continuer cette aventure.
    Je vous souhaite à mon tour une belle année 2013.



  12. Hi Kris! just dropping by to wish you a Happy new year, filled with magic!! xo sandra

  13. Happy January 2 and may you have a great year!

  14. how interesting and informative! in Bulgaria we make a special bread for the 01.01 and we hide small paper pieces with written lucks for the coming year (new car, jon promotion, health) and one coin! everyone gets something when the bread is enjoyed+separated!


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