New Year’s Eve Celebrations

friends celebrate New Year's Eve with sparklers and drinks because they couldn't travel to Brazil or Scotland with Jaya.

The all-night party and ball drop in Times Square, New York may be the most iconic New Year celebrationbut it’s certainly not the only city to explore on New Year’s Eve! From jumping ocean waves to spirit-infested trees, New Year’s Eve celebrations are as diverse as the countries that celebrate. This week, Jaya Travel lists the most vibrant New Year’s Eve celebrations across the globe.

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a New Year's Eve celebration in Brazil with fireworks to celebrate the New Year with Jaya.
The sky lights up with firecrackers along Copacabana beach, Brazil.

As if you needed another reason to hit the beaches of Rio, the celebration of Réveillion happens every New Year’s. One of the most famous Réveillion celebrations is Copacabana. You’ll experience the dancing and vivaciousness that Brazil is known for, plus an Afro-Brazilian New Year’s Eve tradition. Aside from the frivolity, many locals toss flowers and floating candles into the sea as offerings to the goddess, Iemanjá. 

It’s traditional to wear white, the color of peace, and after the clock strikes midnight, guests perform the traditional wave-jumping. Participants wait for the rolling tide and jump over seven waves. There is a catch: one must not turn away from the ocean after jumping the waves or they will anger the goddess.


the sydney opera house in australia on New Year's Eve with bright fireworks exploding overhead which you can travel and tour with Jaya.
The lights over Sydney’s Opera House look marvelous during the New Year celebration.

Yes, the flight to Australia is long – like fourteen hours long – but the warm weather and even warmer hospitality is worth it! Sydney has the honor of being the first major city to celebrate the New Year. How do they celebrate? With the largest fireworks display in the world! The explosives are launched from Sydney Harbor Bridge, just behind the Sydney Opera House. 

Hong Kong

Jaya Travel & Tours can get you to China for their amazing New Year's Eve fireworks display every New Year.
The impressive New Year's Eve firework display in Hong Kong.

China invented fireworks way back in the Tang dynasty. After almost two thousand years, they’ve had time to perfect the technology. While it’s not as large as the Australia fireworks display, it’s certainly a show worth seeing. The pyrotechnics display lasts for eight minutes and a replica of the New York Times Square Ball drops at midnight!

Cape Town, South Africa

a New Year celebration in Cape Town South Africa where Jaya Travel & Tours can get you spots on the beach for the fireworks display.
Cape Town’s horizon lights up with a symphony of fireworks on New Years Eve.

Gather with the other 10,000+ revelers on the V & A (Victoria and Albert) Waterfront. The annual New Year’s Eve bash has four entertainment zones. The 2016-2017 themes were: earth, wind, fire, and water. Their 2021 celebration featured a bright beam of light shot into the sky that could be seen across the country! Additionally, the Kaapse Klopse, or “Cape Carnival,” takes place on the 2nd of January. 


in Japan they celebrate the New Year by decorating with special wind chimes that bring good fortune into New Year's Eve.
Gate pines rhyme synonymously with Japanese New Year.

One tradition, very similar to the Western Christmas tree, is the placing of the kadomatsu, or “gate pine.” These traditional New Year decorations are placed in pairs in front of homes to welcome ancestral spirits. Kadomatsu are placed outside the home from Christmas to January 7th. Afterward, the trees are burned to release the kami or “spirit” held within them. Additionally, on Omisoka, the Japanese expression for New Year’s Eve, many families welcome the new year by thoroughly cleaning the house with a “big cleaning” called osoji.


the castle of edinburh with bright fireworks exploding around it as a new year's eve celebration party for the new year that you can tour with Jaya Travel & Tours.
The castle of Edinburg lights up with bright firework displays during the New Year.

New Year’s in Scotland is a big deal–and that’s putting it lightly. Celebrations for New Year last three days during which time there are traditional celebrations of music, dancing, and storytelling called ceilidh hosted in many cities and towns. New Year’s Eve in Scotland is called “Hogmanay.” This tradition comes from the Vikings. 

On Hogmanay, tradition dictates that after midnight, there is a “first-footing.” This deals with the first person to cross the threshold of the home, bringing symbolic gifts with them like coal, whiskey, and black bun. Also on this day, revelers gather in city centers, especially in Edinburgh’s Old Town, to join hands and sing the traditional “Auld Lang Syne,” which translates to “times long past.” 

Travel During New Year's Eve with Jaya!

Inspired to travel the world this New Year’s Eve? Book your next trip with Jaya Travel & Tours! We’ll find you discounted flights, hotels, car rentals, and more so you can catch a New Year’s Eve celebration in time! 

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