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Discover New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Asia

29 12 月 2022

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and many places will have their new year celebrations. With many regions relaxing their COVID measures, this will be the first time people celebrate the New Year in the way they used to before COVID hit the world. Although many countries mark the start of the New Year with fireworks, parties, and festivals, other traditions can be observed worldwide. Let’s look at a few places in Asia to see how they will celebrate this New Year’s Eve.

Thailand

Experience the Amazing Thailand 2023 with fireworks, artists’ performances, and more in the Chao Phraya River centred at ICONSIAM. According to Bangkok Post, it is the first year that people can celebrate almost as they used to before the pandemic in Thailand. A huge collaboration between almost 20 Thai state agencies, associations, and the private sector is set to make the New Year Countdown “not-to-be-missed in Asia.”

The 1.4 kilometres of Chao Phraya River running through the centre of Bangkok is turning into the mainstage of the spectacular firework extravaganza for the New Year Countdown celebration. Along the side, ICONSIAM hosting cultural shows and performances by local pop stars and American-born K-pop star Mark Tuan, who will have his first solo show in Thailand on the day. Read more here.

Amazing Thailand 2023
Photo credit: ICONSIAM official website

Taiwan

Taiwan’s New Year’s Eve celebration is a “once-in-a-lifetime in Asia” countdown event. With the theme “Embrace the World, Bling Your Dreams,” many new elements such as a 360-degree digital display, beam lights, and lasers will be presented in this year’s new year eve count down. In addition, a new T-Pad LED light net will be used to provide a digital display on all four sides of the building. As the countdown enters the final stage, all eyes are on Taipei 101 as it turns into the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve countdown clock. The building lights up floor by floor from the bottom up. Once the skyscraper is completely lit, the building bursts with a spectacular display of fireworks.

Not to mention, Taipei 101 will also host a new year celebration party —Mars Light Night Party on December 31. The party includes DJ music performance, starlight bar, Late-night cafeterias, magic shows and real-world puzzle-solving games which invite customers to team up with relatives and friends to spend a wonderful New Year’s Eve together at Taipei 101. From more information, please click here.

Taipei 101 fireworks 2022
Credit: Taipei 101 official

Hong Kong

If you’re looking to party and cultural performance on New Year’s Eve, Hong Kong is the place to be, with everything on offer from New Year’s Eve cruises to a gigantic countdown clock and live performance. Unfortunately, Hong Kong’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks over Victoria Harbour were cancelled for the three consecutive years due to Covid-19, however, preparations are underway to once again welcome the New Year with a bang. An enhanced edition of ‘A Symphony of Lights’ with pyrotechnic effects set off from prime buildings on Hong Kong Island will light up the skies and the harbour. A new succession of energetic young performers will perform at the countdown celebration to welcome the New Year, featuring young pianist, multi-time world champion Hong Kong Rope Skipping Club, and local taiko drumming group Gekko. You can watch the countdown celebration on tv or the Discover Hong Kong’s YouTube Channel.

Hong Kong Victoria Harbour Night View

Japan

The New Year is by far the most important holiday in Japan. Highly symbolic and traditional, it is a time for families to gather together. Celebrations tend to have a quieter, more solemn atmosphere than those in the West. Celebrations extend from New Year’s Eve until January 3.  People enjoy a range of traditions, including eating specialty New Year foods such as toshikoshi soba (literally “year-crossing” buckwheat noodles, served on New Year’s Eve to symbolise the cutting off of the year’s misfortunes as well as wishes for good luck and long life), and literally and figuratively ringing out the old year with temples ringing large bells 108 times. Fireworks at the turn of the year on the other hand remain uncommon. As the year winds to an end, New Year’s postcards (nengajo) are sent, and people attend bonenkai (forget the year) parties, clean their houses, and adorn their homes (and businesses) with auspicious decorations to invite good luck for the New Year. The traditions continue into the New Year with people eager to see the first sunrise of the year (hatsuhinode), making their first shrine or temple visit of the year (hatsumode), and of course enjoying New Year sales, including the always popular fukubukuro, or “lucky bags”. If you find yourself in Japan during the New Year, expect almost all businesses to be closed from January 1st to January 3rd and also note that extended train services on New Year’s eve will be reduced compared to the regular year due to Covid-19.   

Hatsumode in Japan
Kyoto, Japan – January 1, 2012: Temple bell at Chion-in at New Years Eve

 

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