New Year’s Eve is a global tradition celebrating the end of the old year and the start of the new year in the Gregorian calendar.
The Gregorian calendar was implemented by Pope Gregory XIII in October 1582. It improved the Julian calendar of Julius Caesar by adding leap years.
New Year’s Eve 2021
Thursday, December 31, 2020 ~ Times Square gets locked down early in the evening so you have to wait outside for hours in the cold and possibly bad weather, with no bathrooms.
The best way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square is to book a hotel room so you can just step out into the crowd in the last hour or so before the countdown.Book early.
New Year’s Eve 2017 in New York City
New York City’s big celebration is the Times Square Ball Drop at the stroke of midnight. The best way to participate is to rent a hotel room or make dinner reservations in Times Square.
Otherwise, you have to arrive in Times Square before it gets closed off around 6pm. About a million people stand in the cold (without bathrooms) until the stroke of midnight.
You might want to do it once in your life, but definitely rent a room. That way you can step into Times Square in the half hour or so before midnight. Room rates are much higher than normal. You can save money by booking the room well ahead of time.
The 2017 Times Square New Year’s Eve program will be announced on December 26, 2016. Univision is providing three star performers.
For more information, visit www.timessquarenyc.org
New Year’s Eve Traditions
Most countries have their own unique way to celebrate.
A Spanish tradition popular around the Spanish-speaking world is to eat 12 grapes as the last twelve seconds of the year are counted down. The tradition started as a marketing stunt in 1909 when Valencian grape growers had a surplus of grapes.
Americans of the United States traditionally toast New Year’s Eve with French Champagne, the sparkling wine from the Champagne region. Spaniards drink Cava, the Spanish sparkling wine from Catalonia. Italians drink Prosecco from the Veneto region (Venice) of Italy.