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New Year’s Celebration Around The World

January 9, 2016


I’m still on a festive mood as you can see, I’m still greeting everyone a happy new year including the lovely people who joined this collaboration – which is my first (of many) for the year. I’ve asked several bloggers and social media enthusiasts how they celebrated the coming of a new year and I’m loving the contrasts of the entries I’ve received. Some people spent it inside the house falling a asleep on their couch while some rung in the new year with friends in a lavish party and extravagant fireworks. I had a great time going through all these entries and compiling it on this post and I hope you do enjoy reading it as well.

Here’s how people celebrated the coming of a new year around the world.

Saudi Diva

Being a culture and luxury lifestyle blogger, I spent NYE with a group of intelligent, confident and fearless women. Nothing compares to having great conversation with like-minded and independent women who share your story, struggles, triumphs and aspirations.
Saudi Diva, Dubai

Follow Your Sunshine

New year celebrations this year were a little tamer than usual, as I am now 6 months pregnant. Mr Sunshine and I sampled the set menu at Doha’s Antica Pesa, joined some friends for a game of cards and eventually saw in the new year back home on our balcony overlooking the Doha skyline.
Follow Your Sunshine, Doha


Itchy Feetish

We had raclette for dinner and celebrated at the harbour of Hamburg with champagne, mulled wine and sparklers.
Itchy Feetish, Hamburg

Of Travels and Tales

I spent New Year’s Eve with the family at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi. We were away from the fireworks and traffic jams. Instead, we blew party horns, wore funky hats, had a few shots and danced the night away.
Of Travels and Tales, Abu Dhabi

Hot Snacks

Last year my wife and I spent NYE on an island in the middle of the Atlantic, Sao Miguel, Portugal. We vowed to continue the pattern so this year we spent NYE on Cat Ba Island off the coast of Vietnam with new friends and rice wine!
Hot Snacks, Vietnam

Legging It

Split in Croatia was the prefect place to spend New Years Eve in Europe. Live Bands playing all sorts of music,  Advent Market stalls selling mulled wine and the most amazing fireworks that lit up the harbour. Best of all everyone was in a great mood, lots of smiling faces and happy people.
Legging It, Croatia

Lil Miss Bianca

I welcomed 2016 by staying in with my family — we’re always big about Media Noche, so we spent most of the time preparing. Barbecues, dancing and a glass of bubbly were what accompanied us until the last second of the countdown and beyond.
Lil Miss Bianca, Doha
Don't Forget To Move
This year Christine and I welcomed in the New Year in style with a bunch of friends in LA, California. We hired a stretch limo, got classed up and hit a crazy club to the early hours. And now we’re still recovering.
Don’t Forget To Move, California

Reflections Enroute

We celebrated the new year in Japan!  2016 is the Year of the Monkey and we couldn’t resist going to visit the Japanese macaques on their year!  Another thing the Japanese like to do is shop, and on New Year’s Day they do it right!  Every single store from 7 Elevens to Louis Vitton’s make up special gift bags that people can purchase for extreme sales.  Some of the bags show you what is inside, but others don’t and it’s a total surprise.  We went to a local grocery store and bought one for 1,000 yen (worth 3,000 yen) and it was full of snack items.  These are items I probably would never had tried otherwise, but we had such a good time indulging in such a fun tradition!
Reflections Enroute, Japan


I was in Sri Lanka where I am currently travelling and working as a journalist for two months and I stayed in, watched fireworks and tried to calm the puppy as I was a bit tired after a long work shift on the 31st.
Marisa, Sri Lanka

Foreign Geek

Spending the New Year’s Eve overlooking the Opera House was one of my life goals. To be there with my friends, experiencing the spectacular view and soaking the vibe was definitely one of the highlights of 2015.
Foreign Geek, Sydney

My Greece, My Travels

This was a New Year’s Eve afternoon selfie attempt with one of my favorite views of Athens. I took a walk around Mount Lycabettus on what turned out to be a cold, windy but sunny day in Greece — complete with light snow flurries!   The view to the Acropolis or to the Aegean Sea wasn’t super clear, but the “snowy” atmosphere still made it all picturesque.
My Greece, My Travels – Athens


There is no better way to celebrate New Year’s Day in Tropical North Queensland than by relaxing at Paradise Waterhole. We jump into the deepest hole where the water is super cold then warm ourselves lizard-like on the enormous hot flat rocks. Collecting sea shells at Balgal Beach on the way home is the perfect sandy end to our Aussie New Year.
Budget Travel Talk, Queensland

The whole family traveled to Baltimore, MD for my youngest brother’s wedding. We rang in the New Year with his nuptials and fireworks atMidnight. We spent New Years Day in Washington, DC taking in the sites around Monument Mall.
New England Family Diary, Washington DC

After spending the day driving and on a cruise on Milford Sound, I was happy to enjoy a nice dinner then go to bed, but Te Anau New Zealand had other plans. There were people everywhere in this one street town as we gathered to hear live music and watch the bonfire in the local park before being blown away by the extensive fireworks display over Lake Te Anau.
A Pal’s Corner, Te Anau


I spent my new years in Boise Idaho watching the potato drop and surrounded by friends. Idaho is the potato state and 3 years ago Boise decided to do a potato drop, basically a huge potato in place of a ball. And as the final countdown starts the potato slowly drops. And then fireworks ignite behind the capital building of Boise.
What’s Up in Europe Blog, Idaho


Living in Amsterdam has its perks, one being the fireworks since the Dutch LOVE them. So, we spent New Year’s Eve on our roof with a 360 degree fireworks show with some friends while drinking wine. It’s the most spectacular thing we have ever seen–being able to look in any direction and it’s just constant fireworks for hours!
A Wanderlust for Life, Amsterdam

I spent my New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai surrounded by a group of awesome friends who I’d only known for three weeks, but whose friendship I will always remember (the joy of travelling friends!). We had wine lots of wine, did the countdown to the backdrop of a Thai rock band, and then ran through a water fountain.
Jessica with Jet Lag, Chiang Mai

For the past three years, I have spent New Year’s Eve on my couch, usually fighting to stay awake. Sounds a bit lame, but I have a good excuse. I have usually just arrived back from traveling at Christmas and this year I was fighting a nine hour time difference of jet lag.
A Girl And Her Passport, Doha

I saw 2015 out and welcome 2016 in on a smallholding in the little town of Pringle Bay an hour outside of Cape Town, South Africa. Every year the same guy hosts a party at his place to which everyone ‘local’ is welcome. He provides fires to cook food on and DJ equipment, the guests do the rest! It was a great community atmosphere!
Princess In A Caravan, Pringle Bay

Wander Mum

My husband and I celebrated New Year in the shadow of the Alps. After a gourmet dinner (which seemed to go on forever), we headed to the town square in Morzine, France. It was packed with young partygoers swigging from bottles. Once we’d welcomed in 2016, we headed to a nearby bar where we drank champagne – in the warmth! We must be getting old!
Wander Mum, Morzine

Pinay Flying High

As for me, I spent it in one of the restaurants here in Doha with The Greek Mister and some friends. There are no fireworks show anywhere in Doha so we had to make it a bit more festive by popping some balloons released by the restaurant at midnight.
Pinay Flying High, Doha

I hope you all had a great New Year and here’s to wishing a wonderful 2016 for all of us! Thank you to all who joined this collaboration! I really really loved receiving all your entries. 🙂

This post is part of Wordless Wednesday link-up.

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  • Reply Karen January 12, 2016 at 08:10

    Great post. I liked reading how everyone spent their New Year and wish I had sent an afternoon shot to you. Watching the potato drop is a new one for me, and made me laugh, but it makes perfect sense in Boise. Hope you had a great New Year and a wonderful 2016!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 15, 2016 at 18:06

      Hahaha yes, the potato drop was a new one to me too and I was literally laughing my ass off when I got it. She initially sent just a selfie to me but as I was curious of what it was, she sent me another photo of the potato drop. Lol.

  • Reply image-in-ing: weekly photo linky January 11, 2016 at 19:36

    I hope you have a wonderful 2016!
    Thanks for joining in at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/01/shells-on-shells.html

  • Reply Happy New Year from Sydney Opera House - Foreign Geek January 11, 2016 at 18:46

    […] The above picture is featured on Pinay Flying High for her New Year’s Celebration Around The World post. It’s pretty neat post idea eh? I might do one myself next year. Thanks […]

  • Reply Corinne January 10, 2016 at 11:40

    Noemi, I love it. It seems everyone enjoyed themselves…thanks for including mine!
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  • Reply budget jan January 10, 2016 at 06:12

    Popping balloons at midnight sounds like fun Noemi. Thanks for collecting these snippets from around the world. I enjoyed reading them all!
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  • Reply Marissa Tejada January 9, 2016 at 19:40

    Nice photos from around the world, Noemi! Diversity. Gotta love it.
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  • Reply Phoebe @ Lou Messugo January 9, 2016 at 18:23

    Lovely! I’m so cross with myself for forgetting!!! Brain like a sieve!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 15, 2016 at 18:09

      Hahaha. I do that as well most of the time with your France link-up. I promise I will join this week. 🙂

  • Reply NaNa January 9, 2016 at 17:48

    Beautifully done. I love how diverse the New Year’s Eve stories were 🙂 Thank you for featuring me and Hi to everyone!

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