What To Wear (And What To Do) To Celebrate New Year’s Anywhere in the world

I love discovering how people all over the world celebrate the new year. Let’s imagine how four ladies would ring four different new years in four different cities!

Hong Kong, China
Cherry ducked into her grandmother’s tiny kitchen and waded through the smells of cabbage and garlic to pinch a dumpling off of the wide serving platter. She smoothed down her dress and hoped that her jade earrings were traditional enough to bring her a bit of good luck – she’d had her eye on that cute guy two cubicles down for quite some time. She tried, unsuccessfully, to look surprised at the stack of HKDs tucked into the red envelope her father handed her. This money was already earmarked for a new pair of cute Jimmy Choos.

Changmai, Thailand
When Nora booked her backpacking trip through Thailand for mid-April, she had no idea that she’d be wandering the streets of Changmai during the Thai New Year. The first time a street vendor threw a bucket of water on her, she was livid – particularly because the dye in her new Thai fisherman pants seemed to be running down her legs. But as she watched a 10-year-old douse a policeman, she realized it wasn’t personal and devotedly wished for her Supersoaker.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fernanda had saved her pay from the padaria for months to fund this night out. A fantastic sparkly dress, shoes that would survive her 12:01 dash into the sea and the all important yellow underwear to bring her money in the new year. Last year, she’d worn red in hopes of salvaging her relationship with that good-for-nothing Alessandro, but this year? She was smarter than that. She sipped her caipirinha and watched the sun set over the favelas. In this light, they were almost beautiful.

Stillwater, Minnesota, USA
Nikki was bound and determined to dress the nines tonight. No matter that the extent of her plans were a house party at her friend’s new condo and then on to The Mad Capper Saloon. If the stars aligned, she might run into that cute guy from the gym. She imagined sidling up next to him in the crowded bar and acting coy and surprised that here they were, standing next to each other when the new years kisses were going around.

What are you New Year’s traditions? And, more importantly, what are you wearing?!  I’m going to a party with a  black/white/gold dress code so I’m fashioning some fake boot socks and a scarf out of a gold sweater I bought at Goodwill and calling it a day.

Reposted from 2008 because I’m busy making champagne jello shots for tonight’s parties!


Kate M

New Year's in London tonight will mean a trip down to Victoria Embankment to watch the best in the world fireworks display – fireworks from the Eye, Big Ben, and all along the river, all around spectators! Since it is outside, I will be dressed up in a distinctively not-so-cute, but as warm as possible outfit – jeans, Hunter wellies, coat, scarf, and hat, and plenty of hot drinks! Happy New Year!


New Year in Japan means a midnight trip to the temple for me, so like Kate M will be wrapped up super warm! Hat, scarf, mittens and a very attractive pair of sneakers!


New Year's Eve in Fargo is wondering why no one's invented sexy snowpants yet and if I could invent them in the next two hours before it's time to go outside.

Guy Faux

These are my absolute favourite. Please do more lovely sketches! Last year's new years was an all night party with lots of inspiring friends, this year I fell asleep at 11:30 reading the lord of the rings. Both were equally great…


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