New Year’s Eve happens to be one of my favorite holidays. It involves self-reflection, a moment of bliss, and a commitment to renewal all wrapped into one night. There is something so miraculous about millions of people joining together to countdown the last ten seconds of the year with the anticipation of a brighter and enlightened new beginning. No matter what part of the world New Year’s is celebrated, traditions are honored with equal enthusiasm. Along with the glitz and the glam of how you spend your New Years Eve, I have come to realize the best way to celebrate is to surround yourself with the ones you love the most.
At Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, our Capella family hails from many different countries and nations, each with their own New Year’s traditions. Here are some of the interesting ways New Year’s Eve around the world is celebrated, as told by my Capella Washington, D.C. colleagues:
Iran by Cameron Nezam: Pastry delicacies are a main focal point in celebrating the New Year. Families bake goodies and treat one another to desserts as a way of ensuring a “sweet” New Year.
Switzerland by Kelly Schneider: Lake Zurich offers the perfect backdrop setting for a magical display of fireworks. Over 200,000 people gather together to celebrate with live music and entertainment and a sense of community.
Belgium by Marie Belaen: A thoughtful gesture of gifting your loved ones with small presents as a token of good luck for the upcoming year is often observed in Brussels.
Philippines by Michael Katigbak: Part of the fun of getting ready for New Year’s Eve is collecting twelve round fruits. Each one signifies a month of the year with the round shape being a metaphor for the year coming full circle. In the tropics the fruit can be a lychee, but with tropical fruits harder to come by in the U.S., grapes are a perfect stand-in.
Cultures and traditions vary geographically but each one, at its root, is meant to bring happiness, prosperity and good luck in the New Year. If you happen to be celebrating in Washington D.C. this year, Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is having a grand New Year’s Eve celebration. The event starts with cocktails in The Rye Bar, leading into a special five-course champagne dinner hosted by our Executive Chef, Frank Ruta and Master Sommelier, Keith Goldston in The Grill Room, and finally dancing and musical entertainment into the New Year on our Rooftop Bar & Lounge. I hope to see you there!
For more information about our Rooftop New Year’s Eve Party, please email our Personal Assistant team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.617.2416. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!