PLACES TO VISIT FOR THE 2013-14 NEW YEARS BASH!!!
Have you ever contemplated what it would be like to spend the New Year’s Eve someplace other than your home town with strangers in new places rather than spending it with handful of your friends and family in the same old common place following the same activity? May be you should check some of these happening major cities of the world in this New Year 2013-2014.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The capital of Brazil might be famous for its rebellious Carnival, but New Year’s celebration’s is on second. The famous Copacabana beach hosts the celebrations, with gigantic stages set along the oceanfront, and a range of drum music, lavish Carnival-style costumes on display by the people doing traditional dance performances and other attractions keep celebrators entertained all night long.
The city will be washed with parties in awesome spots like Sugarloaf Mountain and the Lagoaall, where they offer all you can-drink tickets. Copacabana Beach functions as the setting the outdoor parties, which are branded by impressive samba music and beautiful females from Brazil. The two million partiers drink and groove on the sand together. Check out the nightclubs that run along Copacabana Beach. The parties are assured good time, but you must be prepared on extra fair amount of cash for entrance fees and booze. Around two million people pack onto the beach dressed in white; said to bring good luck for the New Year, drinking champagne, throwing handfuls of flowers into the ocean as a gift to Yemanja, (Goddess of the seas) and dancing the samba until the main event.
As the New Year countdown begins, a parade of boats set off a torrent of vibrant fireworks over the ocean. A fun thing to do would be at the stroke of midnight, celebrate New Year’s by going for a dip in the ocean.
‘Feliz ano novo!‘ = Happy New Year
New Year in Japan is celebrated the same way as the westerners do. At December 31, many Tokyo residents leave the capital to spend the time with their families, where tradition orders that they spend the evening watching NHK’s Kohaku, a marathon TV show in which J-pop stars reprise the year’s most sickening hit singles.
Ethnicities aside and the main thing to do for us would be, hit the city and there are endless things to do, and on this day of the year the public transport keeps running all night long which means you could hit various places whole night. The best place for the countdown is probably at Shibuya crossing, which turns into a thrashing bulk of civilization at midnight waiting for the countdown and celebrating. For parties you could go to a local club like Studio Coast, Womb and Yellow or Sound Museum Vision.
Later join the queues at Meiji Shrine for the ritual of Hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the year, to celebrate in style and pray for good luck in the New Year.
Festivals are held in these shrines, complete with music and dancers dressed in ornate costumes. After having nourishing fun with thousands of natives, check out Tokyo’s famous nightclubs for a fun time listening to Japan’s hottest techno and house beats along with some fine local taste too. These organized parties attract loads of tourists and the best DJs and events.
One of the must visit’s after New Year is the Imperial Palace which is open to the public on the 2nd of January, you can tour the grounds and take a glimpse of Japan’s Emperor.
Happy new year in Japanese: ‘Akemashite omedetou!’
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is a bizarre amount of fun on any random day then how could you miss with New Year’s there. For luxurious partiers and gamblers this is the place to be during the New Year’s .Don’t waste your time and rush to Sin City where you can gamble your money away live in posh places and if you are lucky then you might see bunch of celebrities too. Vegas activities are furnished for New Year’s Eve. Having America’s Party on the strip, the traffic close down after 5 p.m. and the strip turns into an enormous new year’s block party, featuring showgirls, music and 40,000 tons of fireworks shot off of 10 hotel roofs. Around 4000 people enjoy eating, dancing and drinking then visiting the grand shows & gambling in the casino.
On December 31st or January 1st, Las Vegas offers performances/concerts by various bands from heavy bands like Metallica to the softer ones like Goo Goo Dolls and other performances by Celine Dion, the Spin Doctors and the Gin Blossoms .If you are not busy gambling then don’t miss the fireworks at midnight in front of Caesars Palace’s Forum Shops and later on the observation deck of the Stratosphere. If you are still heavy in the wallet then you can try the celebrity hosted events as Paris Hilton officially hosts the TAO bash at the Venetian Resort on the strip. At $200/person to enter, includes a view of the fireworks from a balcony, hot and cold selections from the TAO Asian Bistro menu, and European bottle service.
Cape Town, South Africa
New Year’s Eve in Cape Town may hold the best parties but the real celebrations kick off on New Year’s Day, when the “Kaapse klopse,” or Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, buzz the streets, attracting 80,000 enthusiastic tourists and locals. Go around to watch the flashy parades and concerts with thousands of traditional dancers, marching musicians and heaps of costumed Minstrels, in a celebration that takes back to the 19th-century slave trade because this was the only one day in the year when the slaves were given a day off. Many of New Year’s Eve festivals, good foods, concerts and events will keep the South African metropolis happening at night.
Places like Victoria and Alfred Waterfront have music concert and midnight fireworks display to watch while grabbing a drink at the fine harbor and watching traditional African dancers and singers around many lounges in Cape Town’s unique setting. The hospitable atmosphere in all the restaurants will make you busy finding something to do in every corner. The Victoria Falls New Year’s Carnival embraces a carnival train, live music and other loads of entertainment and DJs scratching in the Cape Quarter raising the roof with their beats all night.
Barcelona known as Spain’s party capital will be having the best nights, with restaurants, bars and nightclubs all of them hosting special events for New Year’s Eve. Massive street parties at night light the charm in places like Plaza Catalonia, Las Ramblas and Plaza Reial, with masses singing, popping champagne and counting down the last seconds until the New Year. Fireworks display in Barcelona is done by number of hotels and private parties with their own work of display.
Anyway there are enough places to go during the eve and get busy. As a whole New Year’s Eve in Barcelona have a tendency to be a time for family dinners, with most people going to party after midnight, but there is always a group of revelers to be found in Plaça Catalunya; where the tradition during the event is to wear red underwear for luck in the coming year, and to eat 12 grapes, one for each ding-dong of the clock, at midnight. Other places to look out for would be L’Home dels Nassos where you can find good cuisine in the restaurants ethnic and others as well
Happy new year in Spanish – ‘Bon any!’
Maybe this year it’s time to do something completely different on New Year’s Eve leaving behind different special kind of memories at different places having the ultimate bash .So where do you want to go???