Have you ever wondered why people celebrate New Year? Having gone through 365 days of the year, New Year’s Day serves as a symbol of what we have celebrated and endured. Moreover, the new year is an indicator of hope and new beginnings.
Retirement living communities celebrate the new year in many different ways. However, certain traditions don’t go amiss. We have a New Year’s dinner at our retirement home in Oakville. Of course, we always do the countdown to the new year as well.
Retirement Community New Year’s Celebration Ideas
Are you looking for a unique touch for your celebration? There are plenty more ways to welcome the new year! Let’s see if the way people worldwide celebrate the new year is different from Oakville, ON.
1. Grand fireworks displays
This has been a long-standing tradition for different places all around the world. At midnight, beautiful firework displays decorate the skies. From Canada and the USA to Rio de Janeiro and Australia, skies light up with fireworks at midnight.
Want to see some fireworks on New Year’s Eve? Check your local newspapers near your retirement living community for fireworks near you or seek out firework displays around the world on your tv or tablet.
2. Smashing old plates and glasses
In Denmark, you shouldn’t be surprised to find smashed plates and glasses on your doorstep after midnight. This is because people smash plates on their friend’s doorsteps to bring them good luck in the next 12 months.
3. Eating lentils
In Brazil, lentils represent money. This is why it’s a tradition in Brazil during the new year to eat lentils to attract good fortune in the year ahead.
Are you looking for some good fortune yourself? Why not make your own delicious lentil dish for your New Year’s dinner with friends and loved ones in your retirement community.
4. Dress up as bears
Aside from attracting good fortune, people also have traditions to scare off bad luck and evil spirits. People in Romania do this by dressing up as bears.
Celebrate this Romanian tradition by making bear masks! Cover your face and walk around trying to scare the challenges of the previous year away.
5. Throwing old things out the window
This great idea is from Johannesburg, South Africa. They start the year by getting rid of old stuff to make room for the new. However, how they do it may not be ideal for most communities, but it still sounds like a lot of fun.
A toned-down version of this tradition can be done for everyone, including those using assisted living services in Ontario. Why not do some year-end decluttering to start fresh?
Celebrate the New Year at Our Retirement Home in Oakville
Celebrate your New Year traditions, old and new, and look forward to new beginnings for the next year!
Here at Livita Queens Avenue, we believe in the philosophy that a balanced lifestyle is a better lifestyle. We always make sure that our residents always have something to look forward to. This is our way of supporting not just their physical but also their mental well-being.