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Global New Year's Eve Celebrations & the Famous Times Square Party

Global New Year's Eve Celebrations & the Famous Times Square Party A World of New Year's Eve Celebrations Converge

With a new year comes a new world of hope, that the next may bring the things we long for and alleviate any pain that's befallen us along the way. This sentiment unites the globe every December 31st, as people honor the year that's passed and celebrate the next in nearly every nation of the world. A universal symbol of this spirit is NYE in NYC, as Times Square fills with over a million people to watch the famous ball drop at midnight. Other colorful celebrations around the world include:
•       Scotland - New Year's is a 3-day party known as Edinburgh Hogmanay. Every year, its namesake city fills with over 400,000 partygoers for fireworks, live music, rugby, and rousing fire shows.
 
•       Sydney - Without the 4th of July as we know it in the U.S., New Year's Eve marks the largest fireworks show in Australia, as rich colors burst over Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House.
 
•       Rio de Janeiro - Brazil knows how to party, and New Year's Eve is no different, with more than 2 million people lining Copacabana Beach for a 15-minute fireworks show and all-night party.
 
•       Egypt - Imagine celebrating the New Year as fireworks explode over the pyramids. That's exactly what happens every year, along with a party that lasts through sunrise.
 
Helpful Advice for Times Square Revelers
If you plan on joining the festivities here in NYC, it's best to arrive as early as possible for the best view. The New Years Eve Ball can be seen well between 43rd and 50th Streets on Broadway, but closer areas get barricaded as the day wears on. It all starts at 6pm, and there are no portable public restrooms, so be sure to plan accordingly!