Ushering in the new year


11 January 2018

It’s the second week of the new year and for most of us, that means going back to work and having to curb our “holiday mood”. With so many significant happenings around the world last year – the news reported a lot of conflicts and tumultuous incidents -, we sincerely hope that there will be greater unity and stability in 2018. For now, we can look back at how different countries celebrated the new year and that wherever we are, the new year is about new hope and positive changes!

Feliz Ano Novo in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Every year, Brazil ushers in the new year at one of the most famous beaches in the world, Copacabana where they hold their unique annual New Year’s celebration called Reveillon. Everyone at the event wears white to symbolize the peace and prosperity they hope for in the new year.

Bliadhna Mhath Ur in Edinburgh, Scotland

There is so much to do that it takes three days to ring in the new year Scottish style! Called Hogmanay, the celebration consists of candlelit concerts, street parties, consuming one of Scotland’s most famous products, Scotch whisky, gigantic torchlight processions and 4.5 tons of firework!

Some of the traditions of Hogmanay involves the singing of Auld Lang Syne, having a big cleanup of the house and visiting neighbors’ houses at the stroke of midnight bearing gifts.

We’re sure there are many more unique traditions around the world for ushering in the new year. Whether it’s festivities or traditional practices, it’s always meant to symbolize starting the new year on a clean slate. Here in Singapore, we have our New Year Countdown party but the most important thing to take away is to spend the new year with the people we love and to always look to have a better year than before.

Here’s wishing everyone a Happy New Year and may this year be a year of achievements and success!


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