New Year traditions of the different countries

New Year in Bhutan (Losar)

New Year in Bhutan is one of the major festivals of the country. Like its neighbor, India Bhutanese people also welcome New Year with open hands. The English New year and the local New Year are celebrated with equal grandeur.

Bulgarian New Year

This is another New Year's custom, expressing young girls' eagerness to get married and enjoy a happy family life. Ladouvane is a maidens' rite performed on the day before New Year only in Western Bulgaria, the Central Balkan Range and in some regions along the Danube River.

New Year's Eve in Hungary

New Year's Eve in Hungary is both a night of celebration with the rest of the world and a night of Hungarian traditions. While opening a bottle of champagne and counting down until the clock strikes midnight are a usual part of the Hungarian New Year's Eve celebrations, some Hungarians still enjoy practicing the customs of their ancestors. New Year's Eve in Hungary is called Szilveszter, or Silvester.


The Willkakuti or return of the sun is celebrated on June 21st in the pre-inca ruins of Tiwanaku. This ritual is known as the Aymara new year. The return of the sun symbolizes the reception of renewed cosmic energies and also the beginning of the new agriculture cycle.

Silvester in Salzburg: New Year's Eve

The 31st of December is the day of Saint Sylvester - therefore, Austrians refer to New Years Eve as "Silvester". Salzburg offers a range of attractive activities every year that make it a popular destination for many people who want to have a good time welcoming the new year.

New Year in Belgium

The New Year in Belgium has its own color and charm which reminds of the colonial essence and the rich culture of the Dutch capital. Belgium with its fine arts and architecture provides the right passion and sheer enthusiasm to the New Year celebration.

Pahela Baishakh

Pahela Baishakh first day of the Bangla year. Pahela Baishakh is celebrated in a festive manner in both Bangladesh and West Bengal. In Bangladesh Pahela Baishakh is a national holiday. Pahela Baisakh falls on April 14 or 15.

New Year in Armenia

For ages, New Year in Armenia is celebrated on the 21st of March. New Year in Armenia also marks the beginning of spring and the birthday of the mythical God Vahangn. Armenian New Year is characterized by huge feasts, merriment and also to celebrate the sweet season of spring.

Nowruz Bayram in Turkmenistan

Held on March 21, this festival takes place on the spring equinox. It is a public holiday in Turkmenistan and the first day in the new year of the Iranian calendar; for this reason, it is sometimes referred to as Persian New Year. The festival is a celebration of the new and what is to come of the year ahead, while reflecting on the old is also part of the day. Typical meals are cooked and shared with families. Later, communities get together for street carnivals.

Nepali New Year – Navavarsha

It is time of religious fervor and celebration - the Nepali New Year, known to locals as Navavarsha.

New Year In Switzerland - Traditions and Customs

New Year celebrations across the world involve different traditions and customs. In every tradition, the main focus is on celebrating the end of a year and welcoming the beginning of a New Year with new hopes and promises.

New Year celebration in Ukraine

New Year - is the only Slavic feast which is celebrated at the state level in Ukraine. Celebrating New Year in Ukraine combines the most joyful feelings associated with peace, love and understanding.

New Year Eve Belarus

New Year in Belarus is celebrated with great warmth and gusto like all other countries. Belarus is accompanied by wide stretches of continuous birch groves and wooden villages give it an enchanting beauty.

Western New Year in Hong Kong

Not to be confused with Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, which is the biggest celebration of the year, New Year in Hong Kong, meaning December 31st, is also the source of big parties and even bigger hangovers. Below, you’ll find our top recommendations, from Hong Kong’s own Times Square to club parties, to enjoy the countdown.