How do you celebrate New Year's Eve in the US?
How do Americans celebrate New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve in the US is essentially not celebrated much differently than ours in Germany. You celebrate privately with friends and family or arrange to meet them in restaurants. Others organize cocktail parties or lavish masked balls where we unmask at midnight. In warm areas, the New Year's Eve party is also gladly moved to the beach and you celebrate the new year under the star tent.
Happy New Year's hat printed with the respective year, streamers, balloons and confetti may not be missing. In every supermarket, these items are offered in large numbers shortly before the end of the year.
Every year, I send photos and videos of New Year's Eve fireworks to my son in California punctually at midnight. He, who could not wait in the home until it is midnight and he was finally allowed to shoot the rockets misses that, of course, in California.
Because of fire protection law reasons, you are not allowed to raise rockets privately or to throw guns or the like.
Of course, if you think about the big fire that has raged there recently because of the great drought, you can understand that very well.
If you want to experience spectacular fireworks, you should stick to the big cities!
The most famous is held in Times Square, New York. Thousands of Americans gather there and wait until the world famous Ball Drop begins to move down one minute before midnight. This crystal ball weighing over 5,000 kg, illuminated by thousands of lights, is then slowly lowered 43 meters. The spectacle will be broadcast live across the country and the audience at home will also be on hand when the countdown starts.
New Year's Eve in the US, the celebration is over quickly!
My son found his first New Year's Eve party in America very boring. Where celebrating begins with us, it ends there again, because the guests say goodbye shortly after midnight. He could not believe that at all, because celebrating is only really going on here and lasts well into the morning.
Lentil dishes are traditionally on the table for the Americans; eating them means happiness and blessings around New Year.
There is also the Nothing goes out principle, which means nothing is allowed to leave the house. These include, for example, full garbage bags. If you ignore this rule, you risk losing your luck in the New Year.