I’ve always been a big fan of Washington, D.C. The city is beautiful and there are so many interesting places to visit, whether you want to enjoy a night out or have a historical, cultural experience. Plus, D.C. is one of those cities that always has something going on— so you can easily plan a trip during any season.
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.
I shouldn’t have been surprised. My husband and I agreed he would choose our honeymoon (since I chose our wedding location in Mexico) — and I consider myself lucky we’re not going to the north pole.
I’ll be honest. Up until a year ago, if you had asked me to pinpoint Guam on a map, I might have pointed somewhere near Mexico. I had no idea that this tiny Micronesian island was actually a U.S. territory located in the southern Pacific. But, living in Japan, it didn’t take long before I heard all about this mysterious destination. Since Guam is an easy 3-hour escape from the cold winters in Japan, this island is a hot spot for Japanese tourists.
My friends and colleagues have referred to Guam as, “The poor man’s Hawaii.” Well, if that means beautiful, untouched beaches and wild, lush mountainscapes for half the price – count me in!
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.