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AUSTRALIA

Sydeny New Year Celebration

Australia’s Sydney Harbour is possibly the best place in the world to farewell the old year and usher in the new. Each year, the balmy summer celebrations on the harbour brings out hoards of partygoers looking to get the perfect view of the spectacular fireworks that have made Sydney world-renown for its end of year celebrations.

But if you really want the best New Year’s experience, you need to be on the water because that’s where the real party is. Avoid the crowds along the foreshore and indulge in a luxury dinner cruise. Dress up for the occasion and enjoy the comfort of these luxurious vessels as you celebrate the New Year in style.

During the night, lucky guests will sail through the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour on board our most impressive boats which will also be lit up for the annual Harbour of Light Parade. As participants in the parade, our vessels are fortunate to have exclusive viewing of the fireworks within the exclusion zones, guaranteeing a great view of the spectacular fireworks displays.

This is why tickets for the many parties and events held along the Sydney Harbour waterfront are quickly sold out months before even the Christmas trees are put up, and the most sought out tickets are for these fabulous New Year’s eve cruises so book early to avoid disappointment.

Join us for a dazzling New Year celebration that you will always remember!

INDIA

Sydeny New Year Celebration

In India, the New Year arrives with the onset of the Festival of Lights, known as Deepawali or Diwali. It marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. This festival is celebrated with a great zeal, enthusiasm and joy throughout the country. Diwali signifies the victory of good over evil, in Hindu religion. It is celebrated in different ways in different regions of India and is the biggest Hindu festival in the country. People worship the deities, distribute sweets and burst crackers on this day and relatives visit each other to give best wishes for Diwali. However, the celebrations have a deep religious history, based on Hindu mythology.

In major parts of North India, it is believed that Diwali is celebrated to mark Lord Ram's return to Ayodhya, after slaying the demon king Ravana. It is widely believed that the people of Ayodhya lit small earthenware lamps to light up the streets of the town and this tradition has been kept alive till now. Diwali is usually celebrated during the months of October-November. In the east, the festival is devoted to Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth and also to Goddess Kali, a reincarnation of Lakshmi. The festival is famously known as 'Durga Puja' in East India. The festivities in the east extend to two to three days. 

In South India, New Year falls in the month of "Chittirai", which lasts from April 14 to May 14. New Year is usually celebrated on the 14th of April and is popularly known as "Vishu" and "Tamizh puthaandu". The day begins with an elaborate puja of household articles, ranging from food and clothes to gold jewelry. An elaborate feast is prepared and the entrances of homes are decorated with flowers and the traditional 'rangolis' called "kolam". Celebrators also offer home made snacks to the guests and visitors. 

In Maharashtra, locals celebrate Gudi Padwa as the New Year, while in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, it is known as Ugadi. The timing of Ugadi and Gudi Padwa celebrations is the same i.e. the month of Chaitra. In Kashmir, the lunar New Year is known by the name of 'Navroh'. The celebrations coincide with the first day of Chaitra. In Orissa, New Year is celebrated as Mahabishuba Sankranti. On this day, Oriya people offer a sweet drink, known as Pana, to the holy plant Tulsi, Lord Shiva and other deities. While customs and traditions of New Year may vary across the various parts of the country, the basic essence behind celebrating the New Year remains the same.

 

AMERICA

Sydeny New Year Celebration

    American New Years Customs such as Dance parties are thrown on New Year's Eve to see in the year. Times Square in New York City has a ball drop hosted by the television celebrity Dick Clark. This is broadcast all over the United States. At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve people will kiss or honk car horns. Paper blowers and whistles are blown. A soul food of black-eyed peas and rice called Hoppin' John is eaten by some. Other foods that are eaten at New Year are cake and champagne.

    In the US they believe that black-eyed beans are lucky.

    They also watch the Championship football games in stadiums or on their televisions. They also in New York's Time Square they watch for the moment when a giant brightly colored electric apple is lowered to the ground at which time they start saying Happy New Year.

    In South America Ano Viejo the New Year festival is celebrated by creating a fake person or dummy. The scarecrow looking person is completely dressed and stuffed with old newspapers and firecrackers. The dummy is usually placed outside the home. The scarecrow represents something that has happened during the last year. At midnight each family lights the dummy on fire. As the dummy goes up in smoke the firecrackers also go off to add to the festivities. The old year is forgotten and the New Year begins.

    In Puerto Rico South America children enjoy throwing pails of water out the window at midnight. Some believe that this rids their home of any evil spirits.

    In Bolivia families make beautiful little wood or straw dolls to hang outside their homes to bring good luck.

 

UNITED KINGDOM

UK New Year Celebration

Fireworks marking the new year in London

London's firework celebrations centre around the London Eye. At the start of 2005, fireworks were launched from the wheel itself for the first time. The timing of the new year is usually indicated by the chimes on Big Ben.

In Edinburgh the cannon is fired at Edinburgh Castle at the stroke of midnight and is followed by a large fireworks display.

Scotland celebrates New Year as Hogmanay. Other cities in Britain such asLiverpool, Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff, Manchester, Aberdeen, Newcastle upon Tyne andBirmingham all have celebrations during the evening.

The celebrations have been televised from London over the last few years by the BBCin England & Wales. BBC Scotlandbroadcast the celebrations in Edinburgh to a Scottish audience, with the UK-wide BBC occasionally simulcasting. ITV covers the New Year celebrations worldwide, with STV additionally providing coverage in Scotland of events going on around the country

CHINA

China New Year Celebration

New Year Celebrations in China

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in China is celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving.
Chinese New Year or ' Spring Festival' is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is often called the Lunar New Year, especially by people in mainland China and Taiwan. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival.
The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements.The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days.
In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a 19-yearcycle).
This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.

History of Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year has a very interesting history.According to the legend,there was a giant beast Nian who used to swallow humans ina single bite.The Chinese people were very fightened and horrified ,later they realizwd that the beast Nian was scared of red color and loud noises.They started bursting crackers and used red color to scare the beast.Since then this day was called as 'GuNian' meaning "Pass over the Nian".Chinese considered the day broght new life for them and celebrated as a New Year.

The 15-day Celebration of Chinese New Year In China the New Year is celebrated for 15 days with great joy and enthusiasm.Every day has a special importance to it.

Day 1: The first day of the Lunar New Year is "The welcoming of the gods of the heavens and Earth."Most of the people stay
away from meat becuase it is believed that this will ensure long and happy lives for them.

Day 2: On this day,the Chinese pray to their ancestos as well as to all the gods.Chinese are strict care-taker of dogs and feed
them well as it is believed that the second day is the birthday of all dogs.

Day 3 and 4: These are very important days for the families to keep up their relations. It calls for every son-in-law to pay
respect to their parents-in-law.

Day 5: The fifth day is called Poo Woo.On this day people stay at home to welcome the God of Wealth.No one visits families
and friends on this day because it will bring both parties bad luck.

Day 6 - 10: On these days,Chinese visit their relatives and friends freely.They also visit the temples to pray for good and fortune and health.

Day 7: The 7th day of the New Year is the day for farmers to dispaly their produce.These farmers make a drink from seven
types of vegetables to celebrate the occasion.This day is also considered as the birthday of human beings.The Chinese eat Noodles
on this day to promote longevity and raw fish for success.

Day 8: This is the another day to celebrate with families and friends .They also offer midnight prayers to Tian Gong,the God of Heaven.

Day 9: On this ady the Chinese offer prayers to Jade Emperor.

Day 10 - 13: From 10 to 12th day the Chinese invite their friends and relatives for dinner.On 13th day they will have a 'Rice Congee'.
and mustard Greens (Choi Sum) to clense the system.

Day 14: People start preparing for the celebration of Lantern Festival to be held on next day.

Day 15: Since it is the first night to see full moon, people hang out colorful lanterns, eat glutinous rice balls and enjoy the
day with their families.

Traditional New Year Foods
Probably more food is consumed during the New Year celebrations than any other time of the year. Vast amounts of traditional food is prepared for family and friends, as well as those close to us who have died.
On New Year's Day, the Chinese family will eat a vegetarian dish called 'Jai'.The ingridents of Jai are: Root Vegetables,Lotus Seed,Ginkgo Nut,Black mass seaweed,Dried Bean Curd and Bamboo Shoots. Other foods include a whole fish, to represent togetherness and abundance, and a chicken for prosperity.
The chicken must be presented with a head, tail and feet to symbolize completeness.

Chinese New Year Traditions and Decorations
For New Year,Chinese clean their houses,get their hair cut,and buy new clothes.They also light up their houses .
They use red color in all their decorations which is very considered auspicious.

 
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