by Navid Linnemann
New Year Eve (Silvester) and New Year abroad
To have a big party once a year is an important event, especially for many Germans. However, this article should not be about celebrations being celebrated since Roman times. Not even that the name Silvester (New Year's Eve) goes back to a pope of the same name almost 500 years ago. Also, it should not be about the fact that the usual fireworks Germanic origin.
As a German you know exactly how the New Year can be celebrated in Germany. Germans abroad are often faced with the question of what they can do this evening. Can an expat in Dublin shoot a rocket into the air? What song should you know when you go to a bar in New York this evening? What do you need if you have an invitation to eat in Moscow on January 1st?
What are the options?
Of course, almost anywhere in the world, it is possible to meet with some friends on this one evening. Whether the typical German raclette exists depends on the availability of the required ingredients. In other European countries that should not be a (big) problem. In the USA, people like to meet in relaxed groups in pubs and bars. Of course, this is a great way to toast the New Year. If you prove your readiness for the classic Auld Lang Syne, you will have an unforgettable New Year's Eve.
What risks exist?
Even the popular fireworks are possible in many places. But newcomers should be aware that different rules apply in different countries. For example, in Ireland, everything is prohibited, which goes beyond a class F1 table fireworks. In the Netherlands, there are fireworks prohibitions in many municipalities for security reasons. Anyone who lives as an expat in a larger city can at least watch the official fireworks. This is especially good in Rotterdam, London and Paris. For example, expats who have lived in Russia for some time may also receive an invitation to the New Year's dinner from friends or colleagues. But be careful, because on New Year you celebrate Christmas in Russia and other Eastern European countries. Small gifts are quite appropriate.