So, where’s the party? With New Years Eve falling on a Saturday night this year, it had a lot of people scrambling on what to do. The government did finally grant an extension for some bars to be open past midnight, but you probably have a house party already in the works. Plus, they’re usually more fun anyway. You can observe your own traditions with people you know. Plus, we have a little something planned here at X107.1 for your house party which I’ll tell you more about in a minute.
If you’re like me, you have come to be friends with people from all over the world and enjoy learning how the rest of the world celebrates. No matter your opinion, the Cayman Islands offers an abundance of cultural diversity, along with its own rich heritage.
In Cayman, I’m told New Year’s wouldn’t be proper without some Cayman style beef with sorrel and swanky to drink.
Most New Year’s celebrations also have some sort of fireworks display, even if it’s the guy next door lighting off the lonely lamo bottle rocket. Now Australians and Canadians sure do love their fireworks, those countries offer some of the most amazing fireworks displays. The fireworks on the Sydney Bridge could quite possible be the best in the world.
If you’re Scottish though, you’re celebrating Hogmanay, (or as the Scottish joke “hug many”) which typically is the last day of the year and the beginning of the New Year’s celebration (which usually lasts to Monday morning). A calling of the bells and a bagpiper right at midnight is tradition, along with a carolling of Old Lang Syne and the well-known traditional Scottish song The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond. Don’t forget to open all of the windows and doors to get the old year out and let the New Year in. After that, you can get your Kayle dance on followed by an alcohol chaser.
Spanish tradition involves eating grapes, one for each stroke of the clock right at midnight, usually making a wish with each grape. My sister-in-law is Chilean, so we follow some of her traditions in our family. If you eat a bowl of lentils right at midnight, it’s supposed to help bring you success and money in the New Year. Apparently standing on a chair with a suitcase in your hand is also supposed to bring you many travels in the new year (or.. maybe a broken leg if you fall off the chair after too much vino).
Auld Lang Syne
My British friends tell me that they just get pissed. Then, right at midnight, you cross your arms and grab the hand of the person next to you and join in the singing of the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne. According to most accounts, either you forget the lyrics or are too inebriated to remember verses beyond the first. Everyone then gets kissed and makes it their New Year’s resolution to learn the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne by next year.
In the US, the ball dropping in Times Square in New York City has been a tradition since about as long as Dick Clark has been Rockin’ his Eve. It officially dropped the first time in 1907! Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve has been on since since 1972. I suppose you could call that tradition. Or time for a new one.
So, no matter where you’re from in the world, celebrate your traditions proudly and maybe try some new ones. Plus, If you’re having a house party, let us be the soundtrack. Dave Kelly will be mixing “live” from London on New Year’s Eve from 8p-3a commercial free all on X107.1! Cheers and enjoy your Hogmanay, or Calennig, or Nyarsafton, or Silvester, or Reveillon, or even Old Years Night. Feliz Ano Nuevo and Happy New Year!