New Year’s Day

 

It’s hard to believe but New Year is approaching fast……..  

New Years Eve is celebrated world-wide by all people, regardless of their nationality and religion. We are all waiting for this special night and carefully preparing for it. Many people even believe that a fulfillment of an upcoming year depends on how you spend your New Years Eve. If it is full of joy and happiness, then a new year will be full of joy and happiness and vice versa.

New Year’s Eve as well as New Year’s Day are both associated with partying. Some people prefer being out among the masses of people celebrating while others would rather be at home with loved ones celebrating.

How is New Years Eve celebrated in my country?

New Year is not celebrated as big as Idul Fitri in Indonesia. Most of Indonesians (including me) are still working on New Year’s Eve. We will have the celebration after office hour. We usually buy the New Years Eve props like paper hats, paper trumpets, or fireworks on our way home.

 That’s what most of Indonesian do.

And if you visit hotels, shopping malls, and some cafes you will find different atmosphere. They usually prepare New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations with different themes and entertainments like live musics, dancing, fancy dinner and champagne. 

 
In the city where I live (Jakarta), on New Years Eve people usually gather at public places like Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Miniature of Indonesia) or the National Monument or Ancol Bay.  Some will drive around the city and wait for the count down and fireworks.  Not so fancy compared with other big cities in other countries but it’s fun enough to make most of the Jakartans entertained.

  New Years Eve at  the National Monument (Monas)

 New Years Eve at Miniature Indonesia (TMII)

New Years Eve at Ancol Bay

If you decide just to stay at home, TV stations are also preparing many entertaining programs to spice up your new years eve. 

How would I celebrate New Years Eve?

I want to welcome the New Year by sharing good laughs and good foods with my loved ones. I want to relax and feel cozy this New Year’s Eve so I’m planning an easy New Year’s Eve celebration at home with my family.  

Inspired by Rachel Ray, I am thinking of having a Low-budget High-style New Years Eve Menu as follows:  

Cantaloupe in the Blanket

  •  thickly sliced cantaloupe wrapped with prosciutto 

  

Special BC Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

  • spaghetti aglio e olio with bacon and chili 

Caramelized Banana Split  

  • banana caramelized in butter and brown sugar served with ice cream

Prosecco Royale

  • mix prosecco with a splash of cranberry juice and garnish with raspberries. 

As the new year blossoms, may the journey of our lives be fragrant with new opportunities, our days be bright with new hopes and our hearts be happy with love!

Happy New Year!

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