Hello December! The last month of 2015 is here and while I am still wondering where the year has gone, I’ve got Andy William’s tune, ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year playing in the background. It certainly is the most wonderful time of the year! A time to unwind, get our holiday cheer on, attend festive parties, spend quality time with family and friends and bring on the New Year with Celebrations Galore!
Celebrations, whichever way we choose to celebrate are a wonderful occasion, a mark of success, a loving memory or a fun festival. They make us sociable, happy, loved and appreciated.
December is popularly noted for Christmas and New Year celebrations, these occasions are celebrated by people around the world in many different ways. Styling the home in beautiful Christmas-y themes, embellishing the Christmas tree with decorative baubles, exchanging gifts and hosting Christmas dinners and parties with family and friends is common in many countries around the world. While some countries celebrate Christmas Festivities and End of Year Parties, others are busy prepping for the New Year through various festivals and traditions. I love learning about different cultures and the diverse way people celebrate events and occasions as I enjoy incorporating culture elements when organising and creating events.
In Australia, the festive fun begins with End of Year Christmas parties starting late November. Christmas in summer means people enjoying a good barbecue with family followed by watching the traditional Boxing Day Test match. Each Aussie State holds a large Carols by Candlelight Service usually in December. A wreath is hung and Christmas light competitions are popular in suburbs and cities all over the country.
Brazil, on the other hand, is known for its party culture especially during New Year with Rio de Janeiro being a popular hub for year-end festivities. Street Parades, music and dance form a big part of the pomp and show. Brazilians also wear the colour white as it’s believed to bring good luck for the upcoming year.
In China, Chinese New Year is celebrated in late January, early February. Fireworks and a huge parade led by a silk dancing dragon, people carrying glowing lanterns are all part of the New Year festivities.
Denmark has a New Year tradition that many people till this day follow. People collect and save dishes throughout the year and on New Year’s Eve, throw these dishes at the front door of their friends and neighbours. The more the broken plates, the more friends one shall have in the coming year.
In Egypt, New Year celebrations commence after the crescent moon is sighted at the Muhammad Ali Mosque located on a popular hilltop in Cairo. Dancers, singers and musicians all congregate to entertain everyone and food and sweets form an intrinsic part of the fun and celebrations.
New Year in France is known as ‘Jour Des Trennes’. A special feast called ‘Le Réveillon De Saint-Sylvestre’ is organised. Splendid parties are thrown, families get together and seafood and champagne are enjoyed.
In India, The New Year is celebrated through Diwali, The Festival of Lights. This festival is a five days long event! Preparations start weeks in advance with the new home decor, colourful clothes, Indian sweets and an abundance of lights and candles being bought.
In The United States, Thanksgiving kicks off the festive season. It is celebrated fourth Thursday of November and is a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. Spending time with the family over a festive Turkey dinner, watching the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade, and giving thanks for all the good things in our lives is what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about.
Different cultures celebrate occasions and festivals in their own unique ways whether it’s a one-day affair or a month-long celebration, the warmth and happiness, the fun and frolic the love and time shared with family and friends is wonderfully common to all! Have a Special occasion coming up and don’t know where to start? Contact the Team at End2End Events and we’ll look after it for you.