New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Here in New Orleans, we have a traditional reveillon dinner after the midnight champagne toast and prayer. Our family meal includes: gumbo, potato salad, cabbage (for money), black eyed peas (for good fortune), chitterlings (to never be hungry), crawfish cornbread, sweet potatoes, and homemade eggnog & pound cake (for happiness).

As for celebrations, we have our own version of the Times Square Ball Drop. We have a Baby New Year and Gumbo Pot Drop in Jackson Square (French Quarter). There is a concert with many local musicians, and a fireworks show over the Mississippi River!

What New Year traditions and celebrations do you have in your part of the world?
Lenny Lover Sista
Live to Give

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  1. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    Hey Lady! First of all, Happy New Year from Ibiza!!! Though we´re the island of wild parties in summer!! we´re so boring in Xmas time and in New year Eve.... Just have a good dinner and at twelve o,clock, we eat 12 grapes!!! We usually watch tv and eat the grapes watching Madrid´s clock, which is in Puerta del Sol.. like people do in NY with Times Square, I think!!! After that, we go out to some club to drink something o go to a party with friends!!! But most of clubs are closed in winter, so we don´t have many options to fun!!! Others years I´ve been dancing until dawn!!or playing music in a club as a dj! This year, I won´t.. I´m getting older..Love!!!!

  2. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    We have fireworks here and, of course, a lot of places to party and celebrate, but, usually, it is just too darned cold to really enjoy the fireworks. I much prefer to stay in and watch everything going on in NY on the television!!

  3. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    We live in CT (just outside of NY) but New Year's Eve here is not quite as exciting! For the past few years we have been staying home on New Year's Eve. My children are just at the age where they want to stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop in Times Square (but they can barely keep their eyes open that late!) We celebrate with party foods, hats, noisemakers and watch the celebrations on TV. It's been quite awhile since my husband and I have made it out to a rockin' New Year's Eve celebration! Black eyed peas (for good fortune) are on the menu for New Year's Day.

    Oprah Winfrey once said "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right" I love this quote and the idea that on New Year's Day we can give ourselves another chance to be at our best.

    Wishing all my LK friends and their families a Happy New Year! May it be filled with Love, Blessings, Peace and Joy!

    And to Mr. Lenny Kravitz, Cheers! & Thank you for sharing your blessings with us! The music that you create touches our souls and becomes part of who we are. We feel it and live it just like you - we love you. Bring It On 2013! LLR!
    Peace & Love,
    Norma

  4. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    This year my family will be celebrating with like minded friends. The kids will be playing together while the adults toast with wine! For me, New Years is really about reflections and intentions in the pursuit of happiness and balance: usually throughout December there is a written plan of future actions etched into the heart! And, this is why we toast into the New Year!
    Madeline Gouin

  5. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    @ Muzikliluvnlife

    Wow! Great traditions!! Wishing you the very best in 2013!!! ;-)
    Madeline Gouin

  6. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    In Italy we toast at midnight and eat lentils with sausage (should bring money luck and prosperity) and anc h many traditional desserts such as nougat, panettone and pandoro ..... delicious! Forgive me for the way I express myself but I'm using Google translator! I take this opportunity to wish all of you who share the passion of Lenny a year of peace and love!!

  7. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Hi Muzikliluvnlife!

    I will celebrate the New Year (we call in Brazil “Virada do Ano”) with my family and friends in Santa Maria, Brazil. We have the custom to toast with wine and champagne at midnight. For dinner we prepare lentils, lamb with herbs, salads and also fruits, because here is summer. We pray and thanks for being together wishing health, peace, love and harmony for us and for all the people.

    I wish you a happy New Year with lots of energy to fulfill all your dreams in 2013!

    And to Dear Lenny!!! I wish you a blessed New Year with lots of inspiration, cheers and love!!! I admire you and you are part of my life, your music give me courage, hope and motivation ! You are always in my prayers!!!!

    Peace and Love! Maria Rosa

  8. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    HI,
    Here get together families, or friends will celebrate in nightclubs, at the home of a friend and each takes a food or drink, hotel...
    Has also fireworks in copacabana beach and concerts.
    there are people from all over Brazil and the world.
    it's a party!

  9. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    The typical in Spain for the year end is to have a family dinner and gather all together in front of the telly at 12:00 pm o'clock. We eat then 12 grapes with each of the 12 single chimes. I normally peel the grapes and take the pips out, otherwise I won't be in time to finish them all!
    Happy New Year to all the Lenny's followers. Hope the New Year bring us all a new album and tour!
    Cheers from Barcelona, and please don't forget to..... LET LOVE RULE

  10. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Traditions for New Years Eve, include getting together with family and friends, reminiscing, laughing and either watching the ball drop in NYC on tv or going out to party in the New Year. New Year's Day is lots of football and parade watching, eating the good luck black-eyed peas, rice and/or collard greens and lots more laughing and reminiscing.

    And oh yeah, we are always greeted early New Year's Day by a male relative or any male but usually it is my Uncle E. B. being the first to cross the threshold of our home which is supposed to bring good luck


    Happy New Years Everyone, LLR, Vivian
    Stay Focused, Stay Positive

  11. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Here in Canada, hockey and skating are a big tradition during the Xmas holidays & New Years. Getting together with friends and family watching the JR World Championships in Russia or The Spengler Cup in Switzerland. Its been very cold here, theres lots of snow, hopefully it will be a nice night so people can be outside, play some ice hockey on frozen ponds , outdoor skating rinks or just have a nice relaxing skate, snow sled down hills. For a nice meal with family or friends its usually a nice Prime Rib dinner or Beef Tenderloin with some Canadian Snow Crab and Lobster Tails, shrimp, potatoes, asparagus, then go out visit a few partys. Usually every year its a tradition watching Dick Clark & seeing the ball drop on T.V before it hits midnight in New York Times square also .

    I enjoyed reading your traditions, where some of you are from. I also wish you all a safe and happy NewYears filled with love, joy and happiness,good health and prosperity. I hope the people in the world can all come together and end wars and violence. LLR everyone .....peace

    Randy

  12. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Well, I've been living in Spain for the last 15 years, so I'll be having dinner with my partner's family. Then at 12 o'clock the tradition here is to eat 12 grapes; one for each of the 12 chimes ! then off to party with friends!
    In the UK, it's similar to the US. Dinner with the family, normally a buffet style. Then out to party with friends at a club or pub, or have a party at home with friends & family. The tradition is to watch or listen on the radio to Big Ben in London, striking the 12 chimes. Now there's a big firework display on the Thames, too! Some people sing "Auld Lang syne" and we hug everyone around us and greet the new year.
    My parents are ex forces (Royal Navy) and my dad carries out a Naval "ritual". He has a Bosun's whistle and goes outside and gives a good few long blows on it after the chimes- something they do when they're on board apparently - to welcome in the new year. Don't know if the neighbours appreciate it! but at least it's only once a year!
    Hoping everyone has a wonderful evening wherever you are and whatever you do to celebrate. Peace and LetLoveRule!

  13. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    We do not celebrate it very special: We eat as always and we do not make a firework! But we watch some sort of New Year Music Shows and we stay up till it is approximately 1 a.m.! And at 00:00 we watch the fireworks other people make through the window! So it is nice, but we celebrate for example Christmas more special!

  14. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Vivian wrote:
    Traditions for New Years Eve, include getting together with family and friends, reminiscing, laughing and either watching the ball drop in NYC on tv or going out to party in the New Year. New Year's Day is lots of football and parade watching, eating the good luck black-eyed peas, rice and/or collard greens and lots more laughing and reminiscing.

    And oh yeah, we are always greeted early New Year's Day by a male relative or any male but usually it is my Uncle E. B. being the first to cross the threshold of our home which is supposed to bring good luck



    Happy New Years Everyone, LLR, Vivian
    Stay Focused, Stay Positive




    Vivian thanks for sharing! LOL at your Uncle E.B.

    Lenny Lover Sista
    Live to Give

  15. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    sonia wrote:
    Hey Lady! First of all, Happy New Year from Ibiza!!! Though we´re the island of wild parties in summer!! we´re so boring in Xmas time and in New year Eve.... Just have a good dinner and at twelve o,clock, we eat 12 grapes!!! We usually watch tv and eat the grapes watching Madrid´s clock, which is in Puerta del Sol.. like people do in NY with Times Square, I think!!! After that, we go out to some club to drink something o go to a party with friends!!! But most of clubs are closed in winter, so we don´t have many options to fun!!! Others years I´ve been dancing until dawn!!or playing music in a club as a dj! This year, I won´t.. I´m getting older..Love!!!!


    Wow, I guess I imagined Ibiza would be hopping with lots of people and parties at this time of year. Thanks for sharing!


    Lenny Lover Sista
    Live to Give

  16. Re: New Year's Eve Traditions and Celebrations

    Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Thank you everyone for sharing your traditions and celebrations. It was so interesting reading about customs from around the world. I love learning about others and life in other places.

    Sonja, Emma, and Ana, I have added a "new" New Year's Eve tradition; eating 12 grapes. I need all the good luck I can get! I must say it was a challenge to finish all the grapes in time.


    Lenny Lover Sista
    Live to Give