Friday, October 25, 2013

What Is It Like To Be In Sydney For New Year's Eve?

By Abby Cassinia

New Year's Eve is a time for everybody, everywhere, to pause and give thanks for the blessings that they have received during the year. It is also a perfect time to welcome the upcoming New Year with all the new opportunities, new beginnings, new relationships and new experiences that it will bring.

It would seem that for one full day, the whole world stops and all the people of the world celebrate the coming of a new calendar year. It is a night for fun, music, parties, public parades and private resolutions.

All over the world people celebrate New Year's Eve. Although people of different countries and cultures celebrate New Year's Eve in similar ways, each and every country have their own traditional ways of welcoming in the New Year that are different. New Year's Eve traditions can come from where people might live and what beliefs they have.

Australia is among the first major countries to actually see in the New Year, as it is close to the International Date Line. Australia effectively becomes the commencement for all New Year's Eve celebrations around the world and it is as if the whole world waits and watches for Australia to officially enter into the New Year and then countdown for the rest of the world begins! The New Year's Eve in Sydney is the biggest Downunder

Among the major features of Sydney's New Year's Eve celebration are their two traditional fireworks held in the city's famous Sydney Harbour. Over the years, Sydney has developed a distinct tradition for ushering in the New Year with an amazing fireworks display that the whole world watches. The first one (Family Fireworks) starts at around 9.00pm and the Midnight Fireworks welcome the New Year at midnight.

The Sydney New Year's Eve Fireworks that blast off on the stroke of midnight really is an impressive presentation that is televised live nationally, as well as viewed by over a million people from vantage points along the harbour or aboard boat cruises. The amazing midnight firework display is strategically distributed through seven buildings around the harbour and in seven barges moored along the harbour. The seventh "barge" is actually the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge! It is believed that this impressive pyro technique presentation is watched by more than a billion people worldwide at some stage during New Year's Day or Night on their nightly news.

Another world famous destination for New Year's Eve celebration is Times Square in New York City. Every year more than a million people flock to this section of the city to watch the "ball drop" at midnight. This tradition started in 1907 and has been consistently observed ever since. The ball is composed of panels with computerized LCD lighting. It drops from a temporary pole to the enthusiastic countdown of people watching below. It is also globally watched by millions of people on television.

Partying, music and dancing around the square and nearby buildings accompany the celebration of New Year.

In most other cities of the world, fireworks are a standard feature in celebrating New Year. In many cities, parades and parties are commonly practiced.

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