A new year is coming…

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It is so interesting that even tho we celebrate new year’s eve all around the world, we do it in different ways. Let’s find out how Americans and Brazilians celebrate it!

New Year’s Eve is a major social holiday for many people in the United States. Many people hold parties at home or attend special celebrations to celebrate the upcoming New Year. In many cities, large scale public events are held. These often attract thousands of people.

A particularly striking aspect of the New Year’s Eve festivities is the ball drop in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City. The ball is made of crystal and electric lights and is placed on top of a pole, which is 77 feet, or 23 meters, high. At one minute before midnight on December 31, the ball is lowered slowly down the pole. It comes to rest at the bottom of the pole at exactly midnight. The event is shown on television across the United States and around the world. The event has been held every year since 1907, except during World War II.

Across the United States a range of cities and towns hold their own versions of the ball drop. A variety of objects are lowered or raised during the last minute of the year. The objects are usually linked to an aspect of local history or industry. Examples of objects ‘dropped’ or raised in this way include a variety of live and modeled domestic and wild animals, fruit, vegetables, automobiles, industrial machinery, a giant replica of a peach (Atlanta, Georgia), an acorn made of brass and weighing 900 pounds (Raleigh, North Carolina) and ping pong balls (Strasburg, Pennsylvania).

In Brazil, the New Year’s Eve holiday is one of the most celebrated holidays across the country. Manny  people meet up and experience  majestic fireworks at the beach. The joy of the New Year’s celebration is filled with parties and amazing experiences and there are some important aspects of the celebration that tourists might be missing out, what makes this a genuine Brazilian New Year’s style.

White is the base outfit for almost everyone in Brazil. It is not mandatory,but people usually don’t wear  a color more predominant than white. However, since white is a bit light, you can use traditional accent colors for the bikini, trunks and undergarments. The different colors attract different kinds of luck. White is of course about peace. Green means good health.

Personally, I don’t believe in any of that but I respect the ones who do. To me a perfect new year’s eve is to be with family and friends and spend some quality time together. No matter how we do it, let’s be thankful for all that we experienced in 2018 and let’s get ready for 2019!

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