New Year is always about new hopes, new dreams, and new routes. There will be a reflection of the past and plans for the future. It is time for us to say goodbye to 2021 and invite 2022 in. Let us hope to fulfill those uncompleted tasks and unaccomplished dreams. See various countries and cultures celebrating New Year and choose one according to your interests. Lace up your shoes and pack your backpack ready. Visit and explore what these countries and cultures offer.
Sydney, the capital of the state of New South Wales in Australia, is one of the most popular and most visited tourist destinations around the globe. Sydney celebrates NYE on the evening of December 31st and every year, gathers a million to take part in it. New Year cruises in Sydney Harbour are often identified as one of the best ways to take in the spectacular views of midnight fireworks display and colourful city skyline along with all iconic Sydney Harbour attractions. Get on board a New Year cruise in Sydney. Let it be an authentic paddlewheeler, ultra-modern catamaran, or a premium glassboat offering prime views of the harbour event celebration, on board entertainment, and high-end restaurant quality dining set up. Enjoy a deluxe 5-course seated and served menu or a seafood buffet dinner depending on the vessel you are in. Club them up with a selection of Australian wines, beers, and house spirits. Enjoy everything with an all-inclusive package for around 7 hours and make use of the amazing photo opportunities in the picture-perfect background.
Have you heard about Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year that lasts for two weeks? Well, the exact day of the Lunar Year changes every year. So, if you have plans to visit, explore, and experience a culture and its festival, you should really check up on their calendar. Like how China is multiethnic, we can see each of them celebrating a different Lunar New Year in an exclusive manner. You can see hangings in the doors or entryways wishing good health, fortune, and luck. You will also be able to see parades and lion dancers across the streets, going door-to-door to shops and restaurants, wishing good fortune. Firecrackers and fireworks are being used to scare away evil spirits from the previous year. The visitors will be greeted with the “tray of togetherness”, a platter of sweets including sugared dry fruits, candys, and a variety of nuts. A New Year’s Day special meal will always be served with “jai”, a vegetarian dish usually a mix of stir-fried vegetables to cleanse and purify the body from impurities. Head over to this special Lunar New Year celebration, experience and explore what it has to offer.
New Year in Thailand is also called the Songkran festival since Songkran means the shift of sun from one side to the other and the Thai New Year is celebrated when the sun moves from Pisces to Aries, marking the beginning of a new astrological year. Songkran festivals can also be seen in Burma, Laos, and Cambodia and it is commercially addressed as “water festival” since water is believed to clean and wash away sorrows and bad luck from the previous year. Young ones in the family are supposed to visit their older family members and perform a water ceremony as a sign of respect. Family members together will also try to visit temples and pay homage to the monks. You can also see some sand pagodas or temporary stupas built from mud and sand in the temple premise, decorated with materials commonly found in the community such as flags, colourful flowers, hardened powder, and bamboo twigs.