Tag: New Year’s Eve


New Year's Eve fireworks over Sydney Harbor.

New Year’s Eve fireworks over Sydney Harbor.

One of the world’s most renowned New Year’s Eve parties takes place annually in Sydney, Australia’s oldest and largest city.
Just as Japan has a New Year’s Eve tradition of the Red-White Singing Contest, Sydney’s custom to mark the end of one year and herald the start of another involves setting off fireworks with its famous harbor bridge and opera house as a backdrop.
People come from all over the world to celebrate the midsummer fireworks spectacle, with this year’s celebrants including Hollywood superstars Leonardo di Caprio and Jamie Foxx, who plan to welcome the new year in Sydney, then hop onto a private jet and fly to Las Vegas to take advantage of the time difference and be ready to greet the start of 2013 all over again.
About 1 million people are expected to see Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks live, while another estimated 1 billion worldwide will watch the event on television.
Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

Sydney’s fireworks are a comparatively recent event, starting in the 1980s, but with the city’s iconic landmarks only taking center stage in annual events that began only in 1996. Australian superstar singer Kylie Minogue will be a producer of this year’s fireworks display.
Incidentally — and ironically considering the fame of Sydney’s fireworks — Aussies have a complicated relationship with fireworks. Although most Japanese regard fireworks as a symbol of summer and setting them off is a tradition with crackers and the like on sale in stores nationwide, it has been almost impossible since the 1970s for individual Australians to buy fireworks, which are banned for individual use, ostensibly due to the danger of fire in the tinderbox dry heat of the summer Down Under.

Sydney New Year’s Eve Official Site