Meta: New Year’s Eve traditions in Asia.
New Year’s Eve is renowned as a time of merriment, resolutions, and fireworks and perhaps a little bit too much fun for some people, however we wanted to find out how New Year traditions in other continents differed to those of the United States. After all, if the first New Year’s Eve celebration reaches back thousands of years to Julius Ceasar then we are sure that somebody thought up a couple amazing traditions. Oh and there is a legend that if you eat a lot of leafy greens on New Year’s Eve the following year will be an extremely abundant one for you, if that’s not enough to get you to eat your greens nothing will.
One of the exciting things you can expect from Thailand specifically is that on the Chao Praya River, dozens of fireworks are lit from the river banks at midnight upon New Year’s Eve, certain of the fireworks feature moving images such as dancing dragons in order to bring good luck for the New Year.
Within South Korea, many people go to the temples on New Year’s Day in order to ring the bell, this ceremony known as the Bosingak Bell-ringing ceremony, is held in order to signify that the previous year has now officially closed and a new one has begun. The bell ringing ceremony also hopes to grant people positive blessings in areas such as health, love, optimism for the future and abundance. Each year the Seoul Metropolitan government gets together at the Bosingak Belfry and rings the Bosingak Bell 33 times in order to usher in a year filled with positive blessings and luck.
In Japan, the locals have a New Year’s tradition known as Hatsumode; in this tradition people visit temples and shrines on the first day of the year. People are ushered in to the temples after midnight on New Year’s Eve when the temple bell is ring 108 times over. However, if all of that sounds a bit too hectic for you to imagine joining in on New Year’s fear not because Singapore has you covered?
In Singapore they have a Siloso Beach Party that occurs annually on New Year’s Eve, with thousands of tourists in tow, a huge dance floor on the beach, international DJ’s and a foam pool this is one of those once in a lifetime parties. Will you be visiting Singapore for your next New Year’s Eve?
In Bali, things are a little more family friendly, on New Year’s Eve locals gather together at Puputan Badung Square in order to watch and partake in the Bali Carnival and Parade, once midnight is reached there is a massive fireworks display, this festival is a particularly fast growing tourist attraction for Bali.
In Kuala Lumpur a city park transforms into an enormous musical performance venue and is then the stage for a fantastic fireworks display upon the midnight hour; make sure to visit KLCC Park on New Year’s Eve if you are in Kuala Lumpur over New Year’s.
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