New Year's Eve is edging closer and there are plenty of destinations around the world, to see the New Year in. The first of January is celebrated worldwide by many individuals, regardless of their nationality and religion. A New Year calls for new beginnings, so instead of following the crowds to popular destinations, march to the beat of your own drum and experience some of the less common New Year’s traditions and festivities across the globe.
Why celebrate New Year’s Eve once when you can celebrate it twice? At the end of 2011, the South Pacific island Samoa changed time zones, losing a whole day, Samoa moved from being the last country in the world to celebrate New Year's to the first. In doing this; they have allowed travellers to enjoy not one, but two NYE celebrations. Celebrating here, you can be the first to see 2017 at midnight in American Samoa and then head to the west of Samoa to be the last in the world to celebrate midnight!
Lake Baikal, Siberia
Lake Baikal is the scene of one of the more bizarre New Year’s celebrations. The Siberian tradition sees local divers cut a hole in the lake’s icy surface and plunge into the frosty waters, with a Christmas tree in hand! The divers descend to the bottom of the lake, before emerging to face temperatures of -20°C. Only certified divers can take part, but anyone can watch.
New Year’s Eve is a night for saying goodbye to the old and hello to the new and the Danes sure know how to do it in style. Crockery smashing and jumping off chairs are just two of the unique traditions you can take part in if you plan a New Year’s trip to Copenhagen. The locals stand on chairs and leap off them in unison at the stroke of midnight to symbolize leaping forward into the New Year. Smashing old plates, teacups and other assorted tableware for luck is also a part of the festivities.
If your favourite way to celebrate any occasion is with a good meal, Tallinn is a must-visit destination. It is tradition to eat seven, nine or twelve times on the eve of the New Year. These are lucky numbers in Estonia; it is believed that each meal consumed is meant to give you added strength for the coming year. Meals should not be completely finished; some food should be left for ancestors and spirits who visit the house on New Year's Eve.
There are some of the offbeat destinations and some wonderful New Year celebrations from around the world. So choose one which excites you. While travelling, make sure that you have travel insurance. So bid farewell to 2016 in grandeur and welcome the New Year. We wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2017!