If you’re looking for a unique way to spend New Year’s this year, Japan might be the place. Read more about New Year’s in Tokyo and what to expect.
If you’re looking for a unique way to spend New Year’s this year, Tokyo might be the place.
Shogatsu, the New Year, is considered to be the most important holiday in Japan. Most businesses shut down from December 31st – January 3rd while people spend time at home with their family and loved ones. Several noteworthy customs take place over these few days, including the ritual of hatsumode, or the first temple visit of the year.
We decided to skip the party and fireworks this year, and participate in a traditional Japanese New Year.
I love the universality of New Year’s. Regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity, almost everyone in the world joins in celebration of a new year.
In Spain, they eat grapes with each chime of the clock during the 10-second countdown to midnight. In Greece, people hang an onion on their door to symbolize rebirth for the New Year. In Denmark, it is custom to throw dishes on a neighbor’s doorstep as a message of friendship and prosperity.
And in a great many countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with beautiful displays of fireworks, extravagant parties, music, and dancing. These are 10 of the most fantastic New Year’s celebrations from around the world.