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Diverse New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

by CHAN LEE PENG on 03/01/08 at 2:53 am

People all around the world celebrate the arrival of New Year with full of spirit, excitement and joyful in the hope for a better NEW YEAR after biding farewell to the past year.

People from the world, regardless of religions, races, cultures and customs celebrate the arrival of the New Year’s gloriously and joyfully in each time zone at time and date.com. By December 31, 2007 to January 1, 2008, people from different countries around the world have greeted the arrival of the New Year with fireworks display, cultural performances, musical bands and New Year’s parades.


Like other parts of the world, Malaysia too, celebrates the New Year’s Day with great excitement and joyful. Malaysians prefer to celebrate New Year’s Eve with much merry-making at public squares like Dataran Merdeka, hotels and restaurants. Though Malaysia is a multi-racial country with races includes Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sikhs, Eurasians, Portuguese, indigenous people and other minority races, we are here celebrated the New Year’s celebration in harmonious and tranquility, regardless of religions, customs, languages and races. This unity spirit marks the strong unity among the citizens of Malaysians without bios and racism, which highlights the beauty of Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysians gather one hour earlier at the Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. Dataran Merdeka is just like the Times Square of New York. Almost all the restaurants and shops have their premises decorated with colorful bulbs, balloons and steamers. The Malaysian flag or “Jalur Gemilang” and the state’s flags are swinging gracefully on top of the premises. People prefer to come out in the streets and stay until daybreak to cheer for the arrival of New Year rather than sit in front of the television, as they want to capture the full excitement moment in the mood of New Year’s celebration. People will gather at stadiums, coffee shops, café, restaurants, KLCC, Genting Highlands and all parts of states in Malaysia shouting Happy New Year or “Selamat Tahun Baru” to each other when the clock strikes 12 at midnight.

The unique of Malaysians here are unity and family oriented. A day before the New Year in Malaysia, all family members from far of places return to their hometowns for the reunion dinners.


In the early morning on January 1, 2008, the Beijing Tiananmen held a grand flag-raising ceremony.

Flag-raising ceremony in China

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Judy Sheldon-Walker

Jan 3rd, 2008

You had to have put an incredible amount of work into the research for this article. Beautiful pictures and amazing article. Thank you, Chan


Jan 3rd, 2008

This is a fascinating article. I enjoy reading and looking at the amazing pictures.

louie jerome

Jan 3rd, 2008

Interesting article

Jared Stenzel

Jan 4th, 2008

Great article. I’m amazed at the different styles according to the ancestral backgrounds of the people. Thank you for you in depth article on the topic.

Liane Schmidt

Jan 6th, 2008

Interesting, fun article. It’s nice to see what others do around the world. Thank you for this great article.

Best wishes.


-Liane Schmidt.

Darlene McFarlane

Jan 9th, 2008

Very interesting article and a fun one to read. Thanks for sharing with us.

Rob Schmidt, Brussels Belgium

Jan 10th, 2008

Great article… howcome you havn’t mentioned Sydney…Sydney is a great city! but a hotel is hard to find at that time…After spending days trying to find accommodation in Sydney over the 2008 New Year’s Eve, I finally found this excellent resource Sydney New Year Hotel site hope you find this interesting if you are heading to one of the best New Year Celebrations around.

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