December 30, 2023
Do you know what are the most dangerous places on New Year's Eve? Or which city hosts the biggest New Year's Eve party in the world? Dr. Kees Robert Richard, Prima Primíssima award-winning tourism journalist, talks about New Year's Eve customs on the Inforádió website.
New Year's Eve is considered one of the biggest holidays in many countries of the world, but the way it is celebrated and the customs of that day vary greatly depending on which part of the world they bid farewell to the new year.
If it's a New Year's Eve party, New York might be the first thing that comes to everyone's mind, as one of the biggest celebrations in the world is undoubtedly taking place in Times Square. One minute before midnight, the ball will start dropping, as anyone can put their wish on paper. In the final ten seconds, everyone counts down together before the lights go out and as the clock approaches midnight, the huge celebration begins, confetti falls and fireworks go off.
Dr. Robert Case Richard, Prima Primíssima award-winning travel journalist, recalls his first big trip, New Year's Eve, where he was able to experience a real big New Year's party in Acapulco, Mexico.
“Everyone showered all day, then they launched the Bacardi sign into the sky and the party started. We went to the famous big discos, Andromeda and Enigma and we also visited Party Beach. One of the places was famous because even Madonna went there too,” said the tourism journalist. At that time, these nightclubs had a dress code, so anyone not dressed appropriately was sent home at the entrance. In Acapulco, they organized a surfing competition on New Year's Eve, which the tourists loved. At that time, even the security situation was considered better, so the trip to Mexico was less risky.
The travel journalist also spent New Year's Eve in Venezuela, which was held behind closed doors amid gang wars. São Paulo has earned the title of most dangerous New Year's Eve thanks to its high crime rate, but one of the best New Year's Eves can also be linked to Brazil, Copacabana. Nearly two million people celebrate on the beach with music and fireworks. At this time, Brazilians go to the beach, jump over seven waves, and then throw flowers into the ocean, in honor of the goddess of water.
Europe also celebrates in many ways, many people take to the streets at this time, where they can celebrate together and ring in the new year. New Year's Eve revelers can also choose from a wide range of programs in Budapest, each according to their specific needs. It is also an important holiday from a tourism point of view, because according to a previous survey conducted by Trivago, Budapest is a very popular destination among foreigners even on New Year's Eve. This year, many people are also expected to come to the Hungarian capital from distant parts of the world to bid farewell to the old year here – and start a new one.