Google Doodle: Happy New Year – Traditions Around The World

Google is now pretty well known for changing it‘s logo from their conventional one on special occasions. To name a few of our favorites so far through 2010, we have seen the popular search engine dedicated to Oscar Wilde, Halloween (where Scooby Doo helped out), and the 115th anniversary of the X-Ray. If you are yet to see Google’s latest Doodle, then click here. You can view more of the previous Google Doodle’s here.

Well it’s that time of year again and We wanted to tell you a little bit about the celebrations in a few different cultures.

The U.S. sees thousands flocking to Times Square; this is the symbolic center of New York City. It has dazzling lights and anyone that has been there for New Year will tell you, it has a simply amazing atmosphere. This year Times Square even has its own dedicated web page which you can view here.

In England, many watch the large clock tower in London called ‘Big Ben’. London normally sees a 200,000 strong audience in attendance to welcome in the New Year with a countdown and passionate celebrations. One of the popular songs for New Year in England, that you are guaranteed to be singing by the end of the night is “Same Old Lang Syne”.

Some of us at OSM have been lucky enough to have experienced New Year in different locations such as the Maldives and Amsterdam. In the Maldives, partially because of its tourist population makes it a different kind of New Year, still an unforgettable one but a little different to your loud singing and countdown to welcome in the New Year. Being in a bar sipping cocktails and champaign wearing your shorts after a nice meal on the beach are great memories.

Amsterdam on the other hand is a crazy place to see in the New Year, thousands of people cramp into the bars to watch on bit screens and give the old year a send off. The Dutch call New Year “Oudejaarsavond”, which means “Old Year’s Evening”. They know how to party hard in the Netherlands!

Millions world wide gather collectively to bid farewell to one year and welcome the next in their own special way. So in true New Year Style; GOODBYE 2010 and HELLO 2011.

Where was the most memorable place you have spent New Years Eve? Do you have any plans that are a little bit different for this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Joanne Gulliver

    Happy New Year Google 2011 & Happy New Decade.
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    Joanne