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26 December, 2009 08:51  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s that time of the year again…  as we usher in the New Year here are some of the biggest and most talked about parties from around the world.

New York – Times Square
New Year's Eve at the symbolic center of New York City has become more than just a celebration - it's a global tradition. The world holds its breath...and cheers as the clocks strike twelve. That’s when the famous New Year's Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square. Join the estimated one million people in Times Square in ushering in the New Year at one of the most watched and famous New Year’s Eve gatherings.

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Do something different this New Year’s Eve. Usher in the New Year with a cruise along River Thames. Enjoy the spectacular fireworks, the special menu and the extra glass of bubbly as you soak in the festive celebrations from your unique viewpoint.

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New Year’s Eve Imperial Ball, Vienna
Ring in the New Years’ in style. The New Year’s Eve Imperial Ball is a world renowned gala that takes place in the halls of the Hofburg Palace. Celebrate the beginning of the year 2010 in the state apartments of the ancient imperial winter residence. According to the motto of this year “Johann Strauß, the king of waltzes” will entertain you through the evening. Tickets range from 170 euros to 700 euros per person and it’s your chance to dress to the nines.

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Be one of the first to usher in the New Year by joining in the celebrations in Tokyo. Watch as the ‘night bell’ is struck 108 times of the last night of the year in temples across the city. This custom of bell ringing draws its origins from Buddhism where it’s understood that human beings possess 108 worldly desires. By striking the bell 108 times, these desires are said to be gotten rid off.

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Los Angeles
With hundreds of parties and pubs and discos to choose from in L.A, this will be New Year’s Eve a party you don’t remember. Whether you prefer to rub shoulders with the glitterati or party loud at one of the city’s many street parties, you won’t have a shortage of options for the big day.

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Usher in the New Year in one of the world’s most beautiful and famous streets near the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin. Every year, over one million people join this street party that signals the start of the New Year. From international music stars to famous rock and pop bands, expect non-stop entertainment through the night.

From fireworks to parades, aerial shows to non-stop music, Sydney’s geared up to promise a fantastic New Year’s Eve experience. For some of the best views, make your way to one of the many vantage points across the city. Make sure you head out early as access is limited and sites will be closed once they’re filled.

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Rio de Janeiro
New Year's Eve is one of Rio de Janeiro's most important celebrations, second only to Carnival in popularity. It attracts people from all over the world, and Brazilians from all states. The festivities are concentrated in Copacabana, with 2 million people every year. Stages are set along the beach with live music shows starting at 8 p.m., featuring everything from traditional Carnival songs to rock and dance. Join in the fun and dance the night away.

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