Rass l'aam—"head of the year" is celebrated in the company of family and friends. People get together to eat cake, dance, and laugh. Traditionally, people celebrate it at home, but some prefer to go to nightclubs. At midnight, fireworks are displayed across Ain Diab , in the corniche of Casablanca. The Lagos Countdown is an event in Nigeria , created to increase tourism and making Lagos a premium destination for business and leisure.
The event kicks off in December and lasts till 1 January. It is attended by an average of , people. The event takes place at the Eko Atlantic city, beside the Barbeach attracting thousands of domestic and foreign tourists who are entertained every evening by different artists The service begins at 9PM.
At the stroke of midnight, people sing the famous carol , Hark! The Herald Angels Sing to mark the end and beginning of the year with a blessing. The service ends at Argentina[ edit ] The burning of dolls is a local tradition in the city of La Plata.
The fireworks can be seen in any terrace. The first day of the New Year is celebrated at midnight with cider or champagne. People wish each other a happy New Year, and sometimes share a toast with neighbours. Parties often continue until dawn. The celebration is during the summer, like in many South American countries, so it's normal to see many families in the New Year at tourist centers of the Argentine Atlantic coast Mar del Plata , Necochea , Villa Gesell , Miramar , etc. The New Year Portuguese: Ano Novo , is one of Brazil 's main holidays.
It officially marks the beginning of the summer holidays, which last until Carnival. Brazilians traditionally have a copious meal with family or friends at home, in restaurants or private clubs, and consume alcoholic beverages.
Champagne is traditionally drunk. Those spending New Year's Eve at the beach usually dress in white, to bring good luck into the new year. Fireworks and eating grapes or lentils are customs associated with the holiday. The combination of live concerts, a spectacular fireworks display and millions of revelers combine to make the Copacabana's New Year's party one of the best in the world.
In other regions, different events also take place. The most famous are on the edge of coastal cities, such as Copacabana. In the Northeast , in Fortaleza , the party is in Iracema Beach, and in Salvador , the change of year happens in a great music festival. In the South , the most famous festivities on the coast take place in Santa Catarina: The party attracts more than one million people.
It features fireworks and live music shows. In many cities, such as Toronto , Ottawa and Niagara Falls in Ontario , Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta , Vancouver , British Columbia and Montreal , Quebec , there are large celebrations which may feature concerts, late-night partying, sporting events, and fireworks, with free public transit service during peak party times in most major cities.
In some areas, such as in rural Quebec, people ice fish in the old days. Since , the highlight of New Year's Eve celebrations is in Montreal's old port, which comes alive with concerts that take place and fireworks at midnight. The edition was presented as a one-off special, but served as a pilot for a regular Air Farce series that premiered the following year, and ran until Year of the Farce episodes continued to air annually as part of the series, while the edition doubled as the program's series finale.
New Year's Eve is celebrated in Chile by the observation of traditional rituals, such as wearing yellow underwear and yellow clothing. It is said to restore vitality to your life.
People who want to travel walk the streets with a suitcase in hand, others hold money in their hand or place coins at their door for good fortune in the new year.
Celebrations include a family dinner with special dishes, usually lentils for good luck, and twelve grapes to symbolize wishes for each month of the coming year.
In Chile's capital Santiago , thousands of people gather at the Entel Tower to watch the countdown to midnight and a fireworks display. There are several fireworks shows across the country. Colombia[ edit ] In Colombia it is a traditional celebration. There are many traditions across the country. Included among these traditions are: With each stroke of the clock until midnight, the families eat grapes.
Costa Rica[ edit ] In Costa Rica , families usually gather around 8 pm for parties that last until 1 or 2 am, the next day. There are several traditions among Costa Rican families, including eating 12 grapes representing 12 wishes for the new year, and running across the street with luggage to bring new trips and adventures in the upcoming year.
Family parties start around 5: Families eat dinner together and sing traditional New Year's Eve songs, such as "Cinco para las Doce". After the dinner, individuals light fireworks and continue partying outside. A radio station broadcasts a countdown to midnight.
When the clock strikes midnight, fireworks are lit across the country. People start exchanging hugs and wishes for the new year. Ecuador[ edit ] A New Year's Eve tradition in Ecuador is for men to dress haphazardly in drag clowny looking make-up, cheap colorful wigs, very hairy legs in miniskirts for New Year's Eve representing the "widow" of the year that has passed. The "widows" then go to the streets and stop each car that passes on that particular street in order to parody some form of sexy dancing.
Large crowds would gather around to watch and laugh at the entertainment and the drivers are forced to give the "widows" some coins in order to obtain passage through the street. There are also traditional family events and meals and modern celebrations such as hosting parties and going to nightclubs.
People usually eat grapes and drink Champagne with close family members and friends. Most every local family creates the effigy from paper scraps, old clothes or purchases it altogether. They place just outside the front of their home.
The effigy represents things you disliked from the previous year and are made to look like famous celebrities, politicians, public servants, cartoons, etc. They are burnt right at midnight to shed the old year and represent a new beginning. Some of the braver Ecuadorians jump through these burning effigies 12 times to represent a wish for every month. In Guatemala City the celebrations are centered on Plaza Mayor. Firecrackers are lit starting at sundown, continuing without interruption into the night.
Guatemalans wear new clothes for good fortune and eat a grape with each of the twelve chimes of the bell during the New Year countdown, while making a wish with each one.
The celebrations include religious themes which may be either Mayan or Catholic. Gifts are left under the tree on Christmas morning by the Christ Child for the children, but parents and adults do not exchange gifts until New Year's Day. Mexican families decorate homes and parties in colors that represent wishes for the upcoming year: Mexican sweet bread is baked with a coin or charm hidden in the dough.
When the bread is served, the recipient of the slice with the coin or charm is said to be blessed with good luck in the New Year.
Another tradition is to make a list of all the bad or unhappy events over the past 12 months; before midnight, this list is thrown into a fire, symbolizing the removal of negative energy from the new year. Afterwards many people attend parties outside the home, for example, in night clubs. It has Latin music and fireworks at midnight along with the signature song "Auld Lang Syne" in Spanish. Suriname[ edit ] During New Year's Eve in Suriname , the Surinamese population goes into cities' commercial districts to watch fireworks shows.
This is a spectacle based on the famous red-firecracker-ribbons. The bigger stores invest in these firecrackers and display them in the streets. Every year the length of them is compared, and high praises are held for the company that has managed to import the largest ribbon. These celebrations start at 10 am and finish the next day.
The day is usually filled with laughter, dance, music, and drinking. When the night starts, the big street parties are already at full capacity. The parties there stop between 10 and 11 pm after which the people go home to light their pagaras red-firecracker-ribbons at midnight. After midnight, the parties continue and the streets fill again until daybreak. Trinidad[ edit ] In Port of Spain the tradition is to celebrate in one's yard with friends, family and neighbors, and eat and drink till sunrise.
At midnight the city becomes festive with fireworks in every direction. The celebration only starts at midnight. Music is heard from all the houses and bars, nightclubs, street parties, Soca raves. The people are celebrating not only the new year but the beginning of the carnival season as well. This one was from In the United States, New Year's Eve is celebrated with formal parties and concerts, family-oriented activities, and large public events such as firework shows and "drops".
The most prominent celebration in the country is the " ball drop " held in New York City 's Times Square. Inspired by the time balls that were formerly used as a time signal , at The event has been held since , and has seen an average attendance of 1,, yearly. The specials were best known for the Royal Canadians' signature performance of " Auld Lang Syne " at midnight, which made the standard synonymous with the holiday.
Its creator and host, Dick Clark , intended the program to be a modern and youthful alternative to Lombardo's big band music , by showcasing performances by popular musicians as part of the broadcast.
After suffering a stroke in December resulting in Regis Philbin guest hosting for , Clark retired as full-time host of the special for the edition, and was succeeded by Ryan Seacrest.
Clark continued to make limited appearances on the special until his death in