24 Fun Ideas To Celebrate New Year’s Eve At Home

Other major New Year events are held in the cities of Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, and Newcastle. The Swedish lottery television show BingoLotto features a special New Year’s Eve edition to commemorate the holiday with musical guests, four bingo games, and surprises. Major television networks broadcast the events live all across the country on New Year’s Eve like Polsat and TVP. In Japan, New Year’s Eve is used to prepare for and welcome Toshigami (年神), the New Year’s god. People clean their homes and prepare Kadomatsu or Shimenawa to welcome the god before New Year’s Eve.

Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. In Japan visits are sometimes made to Shintō shrines of tutelary deities or to Buddhist temples. Chinese make offerings to gods of the hearth and wealth and to ancestors.

Parades feature huge statues of Buddha that spray water on passersby. In small villages, young people throw water at each other for fun. People also release fish into rivers as an act of kindness.

In Switzerland, New Year’s Eve is typically celebrated in private gatherings or public events. In Lisbon the New Year is celebrated with a grand concert. The New Year’s Concert is held at the CCB (Centro Cultural de Belém) on the evening of 1 January, featuring the prestigious Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. In Sarajevo, people gather in the Square of children of Sarajevo where a local rock band entertains them.

Many Chinese children dress in new clothes to celebrate the Lunar New Year. People carry lanterns and join in a huge parade led by a silk dragon, the Chinese symbol of strength. According to legend, the dragon hibernates most of the year, so people throw firecrackers to keep the dragon awake. Jonathon Engelsis a traveler, writer & teacher who’s been living abroad as an expat since 2005. He’s worked in nearly a dozen countries, and visited many others in between.