I've celebrated the vast majority of New Year's Eves in my life at home in the United States with the classic Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve playing on the TV (now Ryan Seacrest's Rockin' New Year's Eve), but one of the most memorable New Year's Eves I experienced was 2013 in Iceland on a group trip with colleagues and friends. Celebrating New Year's Eve in Iceland is a huge deal, one in which everyone participates. Around 11:30 PM, the fireworks begin, and we gathered with hundreds upon hundreds of other people around Hallgrimskirkja, the main cathedral in Reykjavík, with a huge open square in front. As per my understanding, people in Iceland buy fireworks to help support local services like EMTs the same way people in the United States buy Girl Scout Cookies to help support local troops, then save these fireworks all year to let them off in one gigantic 2-3 hour spectacular. You're surrounded by people who are setting off their own fireworks - a glorious and loud experience. At the end of the night, we all retreated to our group AirBNB smelling like sulfur and saltpeter, with the biggest smiles on our faces.
What's the most unique New Year's Eve celebration you've experienced or heard of around the world? And Happy New Year!