In Caracas, the bells of the Cathedral of Caracas ring twelve times. During these special programs, is a tradition to broadcast songs about the end of the year. The unofficial hymn for the first minutes of the New Year is “Año Nuevo, Vida Nueva” (“New Year, New Life”), by the band Billo’s Caracas Boys.
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You can even create a special January 1 tradition with a New Year’s Day breakfast for those early-to-bed, early-to-rise kids. The way your grandparents commemorated the New Year might have something to do with your roots. In Scotland, New Year’s Eve, or Hogmanay, as they call the last day of the year, is a bigger deal than Christmas (“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scottish song, after all). The massive party goes on for days and incorporates age-old acts, such as first-footing.
In Sławatycze, people tour the streets dressed up as bearded men. In Norway New Year’s Eve (Nyttårsaften) is the second biggest celebration of the year, after Christmas Eve. While Christmas Eve is a family celebration, New Year’s Eve is an opportunity to celebrate with friends. Fireworks are very popular in Iceland, particularly on New Year’s Eve.
At home or at restaurants, a special type of pastry cake called “la bûche” is eaten, and black coffee or soda is often drunk with it. People eat it a few minutes before the New Year’s countdown. The Soviet film The Irony of Fate—which is set during New Year celebrations—is a staple in former Soviet countries. It is often broadcast by Russian television channels on New Year’s Eve, to the extent that it has been compared to the traditional broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve in the United States. Since the Romanian Revolution of 1989, Romanians have gathered in the University Square in Bucharest.
Here are a few that seemingly come out of nowhere, but remain integral pieces of some countries’ annual New Year customs. Many of the customs of New Year festivals note the passing of time with both regret and anticipation. The baby as a symbol of the new year dates to the ancient Greeks, with an old man representing the year that has passed. The Romans derived the name for the month of January from their god Janus, who had two faces, one looking backward and the other forward. The practice of making resolutions to rid oneself of bad habits and to adopt better ones also dates to ancient times.
See the skyline sparkle from the riverside restaurant at Sea Containershotel, or head to the rooftop and party to live music at 12th Knot. (‘year-crossing soba’), slurping up a bowl of long buckwheat noodles is considered both auspicious and a way of letting go of the past year. Due to soba being easy to chew/cut through while eating, it’s seen as symbolic for cutting away the hardships of the past year, while the length of the noodles signify longevity.