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New Year’s around the world

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? The sparkle-and-pop quotient all depends on your geographic location.

Bing Travel’s new slide show, “New Year’s Around the World,” shows how countries around the globe will celebrate the arrival of 2010. Sure, the pyrotechnics are great in New York’s Times Square, Sydney, Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro. But did you know that Bethlehem, Pa., drops a giant Peep at midnight?

Not every nation “explodes with delight” on Dec. 31, either. The Japanese prefer a quieter affair that focuses on housecleaning, introspection and visits to the local shrine or temple. The French, as you might expect, celebrate with gastronomy. Ecuadoreans set effigies on fire to burn away the past year and welcome the new one.

Have you enjoyed a New Year’s Eve celebration in another country? Or does your town drop something unusual at midnight? Share your experiences with other travelers in the comments section.


  • Happy New Year 2010

  • Saw the fireworks show in Sydney Harbor in 06.  Terrific hardly begins to describe the show.  That year there was another show down the way.  Other spectators said it was another company competing for the Olympics contract.  Who knows if that was correct.  Regardless, it was an amazing site.

  • am going to the skating rink with best friend goin to pary all night

  • Yes, I was in Australia to usher in 2007. Was not in Sydney Harbour, though. Rather, I was with a group of travelers in a beach-town partyin' it up w/the locals. What a blast that was. I miss that in Oz(Aus) you can get Jim-Beam & Coke in a can. How awesome is that?

  • We enjoyed New Years Eve in Germany. They have great celebrations.  There the TV stations shows every country and their hour of celebration.  They truely are attunded to the whole world it seems.

  • Happy New year to all people of GOD around the world

    Peace, Joy and hope

  • Portugal, I was born there and always celebrated réveillon (as we call it) either at New year's balls or outdoors, or at the city centre along with fireworks, bonfires usually with much noise much like Carnaval and since the weather is good year round is very comfortable

  • Los Angeles, Hollywood, Pasadena Rose Parade Route, Portland OR, Aspen Colorado, Cave Creek AZ, Scottsdale AZ, Tempe Block party and Town Lake, now GA.   By far the best experience was reveling in pasadena all night before the parade, waking up with coffee and floats.

    To those before, those now and those to come!  Cheers to 2010!

  • I was in New Zealand last year new year. It is the most beautiful country in the world. Auckland harbor is beautiful.

  • Orlando Florida (Mainly Cause My Family Lives There)

    Paris France

    London England

    Sydney Australia

    Rome Italy

    Honolulu Hawaii

    Los Angeles California

    New York City New York

    And Many Years To Come

    2010 Welcome !

  • New Years in Brisbane, Queensland, fabulous.

    Vancouver, BC awesome!

    Marquette, Michigan....cold, but great!

  • Bologna Italy: they set up a huge man made of straw in the central square and set him on fire at midnight--felt like the whole town was there, it was a lot of fun

  • In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the best party of the world!!

  • In Valparaíso, Chile on the boat is the best!, overwhelming fireworks, friendly people all around, honks of the ships announcing the 12Ñ00 pm, and because is summer you can have a toast with champagne at your own or if you are part of a lucky institution with brunch in Valparaiso and facing the coast, you can have  trmendous celebration, Santiago didn´t want to be less and they started about 5 years ago fireworks all over the cChilean capital. Now I am in New Jersey, today we had snow and with my husband and 2 boys we are not in the moode to be stocked in the multitude in NY, freezing and moved by the crow, is soooo quiet that i miss my friends and family there specially this time of the year. Feliz año nuevo anyway! :)

  • We are in Germany and it is raining!!  We are lighting off fireworks and of course there is a party.  They put up tents here in Rattenberg (beer tents of course)  and they have a dj and we are drinking sekt and having eirliquor in choc cups and chocolate brandy candy (hey that rhymes)Happy new year 2010!!

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