Nobody would have guessed that at the turn of the last year: A pandemic shaped 2020 through and through …
At the start of a new year, many people wish for health – this year this tradition takes on a whole new meaning! In general, everything is different at the turn of the year 2020/21. In many places, celebrations and fireworks are canceled, scaled down or planned without the presence of an audience.
But you can still celebrate with the world. BILD shows the fireworks in Sydney Harbor (Australia) from 1.45 p.m.!
No fireworks at the Brandenburg Gate
Germany’s largest New Year’s Eve party in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate will be canceled completely in 2020. The ZDF is still broadcasting a TV show with guests such as Vicky Leandros, Jürgen Drews and Karat.
Samoa was the first country to slip in
Countries around the world slide into the new year between 11 a.m. German time on December 31 and 1 p.m. German time on January 1. It began in the island state of Samoa, then New Zealand roared into the New Year with fireworks on the Auckland Tower with no visitor restrictions.
It continues with Australia, South Korea, Malaysia to Europe, South America, the US east coast, California, Hawaii to the uninhabited islets of Baker Island and Howland Island.
In most countries, the traditional celebrations are either canceled or significantly smaller than in previous years.
► December 31, 2 pm: Sydney wants to welcome the new year despite everything with the world-famous fireworks on the Harbor Bridge in front of the opera house. However, no spectators are allowed to come to the harbor – and the spectacle will be smaller and shorter than usual.
► December 31, 5 pm: Taiwan is almost corona-free and is planning fireworks in the metropolis of Taipei. As every year, the pyrotechnics are to be ignited on the city’s landmark, the “Taipei 101” skyscraper. The show with around 16,000 fireworks should last around five minutes.
In Singapore the big fireworks over the bay was canceled, instead there should be smaller light shows.
In China, too, where the really big celebrations are not held until the Chinese New Year in February, smaller events are planned for the end of the year. For example, there should be fireworks in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the location of the coronavirus outbreak.
► December 31, 9 p.m .: In the United Arab Emirates the new year should be ushered in on a grand scale despite the pandemic. A spectacular fireworks display, including a light and laser show, is planned for the tallest building in the world, the 828 meter high Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Strict measures to protect against the virus still apply. Violations can result in high fines.
► December 31, 10 p.m .: In Russia’s capital Moscow Despite the pandemic, people don’t have to do without fireworks. With the traditional chime of the Spassky Tower at the Kremlin, rockets are supposed to transform the night sky into a colorful sea of colors. After that there will be fireworks at ten other locations. Nevertheless, New Year’s Eve will be a little different this time: From 11 p.m. there is a curfew in bars, restaurants and discos.
New Year’s Eve in Europe: laser show instead of fireworks
►Midnight: The Netherlands were among the first states to ban New Year’s Eve fireworks – with the exception of snap peas and sparklers. The central fireworks shows have also been canceled to prevent crowds. However, there should be a light show in the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam.
In the Belgian capital Brussels, instead of fireworks, a laser show is planned to connect the city center with several parts of the city. From 10 p.m. there is a curfew – the laser show is broadcast live on the Internet.
The biggest party in Austria, the New Year’s Eve Trail in Vienna, was canceled in mid-October. It seemed too unlikely that conditions could be enforced at the event. Usually hundreds of thousands flock there.
Curfews and alcohol bans
In Paris The night curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. also applies on New Year’s Eve. But there is a concert by Jean-Michel Jarre as avatar that can be seen online in the virtual backdrop of Notre-Dame Cathedral.
In Spain In Barcelona, instead of the traditional twelve chimes in the last seconds before midnight, when a bunch of grapes is eaten, a rocket will soar into the sky during decentralized fireworks. At twelve exactly, a 15-minute fireworks display begins, which the citizens should be able to see from home without having to gather.
In Italy the government has imposed a strict curfew on New Year’s Eve. People should stay at home from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Rome celebrates New Year’s Eve with a show with performances by many artists that the city wants to broadcast on the Internet. The city left it open whether there will be fireworks.
In Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, the traditional meeting place, Town Hall Square, is closed, while in Norway’s capital, Oslo and the Finnish capital, Helsinki, the large fireworks are canceled. There are strict alcohol sales bans everywhere.
In Sweden the fireworks shown by television in the open-air museum Skansen above Stockholm are to be ignited without an audience on site
►1.1., 1 a.m .: In London Mayor Sadiq Khan canceled the fireworks in September. Since then, the number of infections has increased even more. No other New Year’s Eve events are supposed to take place, and unlike other New Year’s Eve events, the subway takes a break at night. Instead of celebrations and fireworks, the BBC broadcasts a live show at midnight.
No party at Copacabana
►1.1., 4 a.m .: In Brazil, the traditional New Year’s Eve party with fireworks and concerts in Rio de Janeiro on Copacabana was canceled. The Copacabana district is supposed to be cordoned off and only accessible to residents in order to prevent crowds. Fireworks are also prohibited along the beaches, including for hotels.
►1.1., 6 a.m.: New York Despite everything, you don’t have to do without the famous “Ball Drop” in Times Square this year. As always, the shining crystal ball is lowered from a flagpole at midnight. Instead of hundreds of thousands, only a few hundred people are allowed to watch live. Millions will just watch TV.