Waving Goodbye to 2018, Hello 2019

Published December 31st, 2018 - 09:09 GMT

Written by Sally Shakkour

As its time to welcome the New Year, all people around the world prepare to celebrate the end of an era and the begining of a new one with very special rituals.

Some people prefer to stay with their families to enjoy this unique day, others like to celebrate it in public places in order to watch fireworks, dancing, and music. 

 

 

 

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This photo taken on December 20, 2018 shows a woman walking past illuminated decorations at a lighting display in Handan in China's northern Hebei province. 
STR / AFP

This photo taken on December 20, 2018 shows a woman walking past illuminated decorations at a lighting display in Handan in China's northern Hebei province. STR / AFP

Women wave from a bus window during the New Year's car parade in the town of Vileyka about 100 km northwest from Russia's Minsk on December 29, 2018. 
Sergei GAPON / AFP

Women wave from a bus window during the New Year's car parade in the town of Vileyka about 100 km northwest from Russia's Minsk on December 29, 2018. Sergei GAPON / AFP

A tractor driver takes part in the New Year's car parade in the town of Vileyka about 100 km northwest from Minsk on December 29, 2018. 
Sergei GAPON / AFP

A tractor driver takes part in the New Year's car parade in the town of Vileyka about 100 km northwest from Minsk on December 29, 2018. Sergei GAPON / AFP

A woman walks in front of an illuminated "2019" sign on a square in central Moscow on December 30, 2018, ahead of the new year. 
Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A woman walks in front of an illuminated "2019" sign on a square in central Moscow on December 30, 2018, ahead of the new year. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate New Year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 28, 2017. 
Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP

Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate New Year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 28, 2017. Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP

The "burning of the old year" is a New Year's Eve tradition that dates back 47 years. This year the themes are runaway inflation, the lack of fuel and the migration of Venezuelans fleeing the economic and political crisis.
CARLOS RAMIREZ / AFP

The "burning of the old year" is a New Year's Eve tradition that dates back 47 years. This year the themes are runaway inflation, the lack of fuel and the migration of Venezuelans fleeing the economic and political crisis. CARLOS RAMIREZ / AFP

Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate New Year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 28, 2017. 
Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP

Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate New Year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 28, 2017. Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP

Visitors walk underneath New Year's Day decorations along the Nakamise shopping alley, the front approach to Sensoji Temple, in Tokyo on December 27, 2018. 
Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

Visitors walk underneath New Year's Day decorations along the Nakamise shopping alley, the front approach to Sensoji Temple, in Tokyo on December 27, 2018. Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

An employee tests several types of fireworks for the New Year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on December 30, 2018. The sale of fireworks for the New Year's Eve celebrations started on 28 December, 2018 in the Netherlands.
Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP

An employee tests several types of fireworks for the New Year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on December 30, 2018. The sale of fireworks for the New Year's Eve celebrations started on 28 December, 2018 in the Netherlands. Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP

An employee puts the finishing touches on the fireworks show for the New Year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on December 30, 2018. The sale of fireworks for the New Year's Eve celebrations started on 28 December, 2018 in the Netherlands.
Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP

An employee puts the finishing touches on the fireworks show for the New Year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on December 30, 2018. The sale of fireworks for the New Year's Eve celebrations started on 28 December, 2018 in the Netherlands. Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP

This photo taken on December 20, 2018 shows a woman walking past illuminated decorations at a lighting display in Handan in China's northern Hebei province. 
STR / AFP
Women wave from a bus window during the New Year's car parade in the town of Vileyka about 100 km northwest from Russia's Minsk on December 29, 2018. 
Sergei GAPON / AFP
A tractor driver takes part in the New Year's car parade in the town of Vileyka about 100 km northwest from Minsk on December 29, 2018. 
Sergei GAPON / AFP
A woman walks in front of an illuminated "2019" sign on a square in central Moscow on December 30, 2018, ahead of the new year. 
Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate New Year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 28, 2017. 
Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP
The "burning of the old year" is a New Year's Eve tradition that dates back 47 years. This year the themes are runaway inflation, the lack of fuel and the migration of Venezuelans fleeing the economic and political crisis.
CARLOS RAMIREZ / AFP
Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate New Year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 28, 2017. 
Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP
Visitors walk underneath New Year's Day decorations along the Nakamise shopping alley, the front approach to Sensoji Temple, in Tokyo on December 27, 2018. 
Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP
An employee tests several types of fireworks for the New Year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on December 30, 2018. The sale of fireworks for the New Year's Eve celebrations started on 28 December, 2018 in the Netherlands.
Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP
An employee puts the finishing touches on the fireworks show for the New Year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on December 30, 2018. The sale of fireworks for the New Year's Eve celebrations started on 28 December, 2018 in the Netherlands.
Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP
This photo taken on December 20, 2018 shows a woman walking past illuminated decorations at a lighting display in Handan in China's northern Hebei province. 
STR / AFP
This photo taken on December 20, 2018 shows a woman walking past illuminated decorations at a lighting display in Handan in China's northern Hebei province. STR / AFP
Women wave from a bus window during the New Year's car parade in the town of Vileyka about 100 km northwest from Russia's Minsk on December 29, 2018. 
Sergei GAPON / AFP
Women wave from a bus window during the New Year's car parade in the town of Vileyka about 100 km northwest from Russia's Minsk on December 29, 2018. Sergei GAPON / AFP
A tractor driver takes part in the New Year's car parade in the town of Vileyka about 100 km northwest from Minsk on December 29, 2018. 
Sergei GAPON / AFP
A tractor driver takes part in the New Year's car parade in the town of Vileyka about 100 km northwest from Minsk on December 29, 2018. Sergei GAPON / AFP
A woman walks in front of an illuminated "2019" sign on a square in central Moscow on December 30, 2018, ahead of the new year. 
Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A woman walks in front of an illuminated "2019" sign on a square in central Moscow on December 30, 2018, ahead of the new year. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate New Year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 28, 2017. 
Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP
Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate New Year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 28, 2017. Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP
The "burning of the old year" is a New Year's Eve tradition that dates back 47 years. This year the themes are runaway inflation, the lack of fuel and the migration of Venezuelans fleeing the economic and political crisis.
CARLOS RAMIREZ / AFP
The "burning of the old year" is a New Year's Eve tradition that dates back 47 years. This year the themes are runaway inflation, the lack of fuel and the migration of Venezuelans fleeing the economic and political crisis. CARLOS RAMIREZ / AFP
Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate New Year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 28, 2017. 
Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP
Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate New Year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 28, 2017. Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP
Visitors walk underneath New Year's Day decorations along the Nakamise shopping alley, the front approach to Sensoji Temple, in Tokyo on December 27, 2018. 
Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP
Visitors walk underneath New Year's Day decorations along the Nakamise shopping alley, the front approach to Sensoji Temple, in Tokyo on December 27, 2018. Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP
An employee tests several types of fireworks for the New Year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on December 30, 2018. The sale of fireworks for the New Year's Eve celebrations started on 28 December, 2018 in the Netherlands.
Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP
An employee tests several types of fireworks for the New Year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on December 30, 2018. The sale of fireworks for the New Year's Eve celebrations started on 28 December, 2018 in the Netherlands. Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP
An employee puts the finishing touches on the fireworks show for the New Year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on December 30, 2018. The sale of fireworks for the New Year's Eve celebrations started on 28 December, 2018 in the Netherlands.
Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP
An employee puts the finishing touches on the fireworks show for the New Year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on December 30, 2018. The sale of fireworks for the New Year's Eve celebrations started on 28 December, 2018 in the Netherlands. Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP