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Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 30st of December 2022



The founders, Ralf Stelander and Jacob Jovelou and the entire crew


'To New Year' by Sergey Boyko



Just one single strike of the clock will change the year to a whole new one. Though it can be considered as a usual tick, it is not because it not just changes the date and month, but also the year we have lived for 365 days. It is considered pretty important by many as it signifies the beginning. New Year is not just about celebrations and resolutions; it is more than what meets the eye. It symbolizes motivation for many new beginnings.

The main purpose of making resolutions is larger than life as it aims at living healthy and longer and to be a better person, which is the best thing one can ever do in life. As the future cannot be predicted, the resolutions can make us resolute to make it predictable with the deeds we do at the very present.


Today, New Year’s is a festive holiday celebrated all around the world. The tradition began 4,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, where the people celebrated each year with an 11-day festival. Even back then, people made New Year’s resolutions. They believed that making promises to improve themselves helped to make sure the gods would stay happy with the kingdom. During that time, the celebration took place in March, but a new calendar was introduced over 1,000 years later in Ancient Rome. Since then, New Year’s has mostly been celebrated on January 1st.

Many countries usher out the last day of the year with cocktails, ball drops and fireworks.
Elsewhere, other types of symbolism play a big role in this final holiday of the season. 


Here are some fascinating New Year's Eve Traditions from around the world.
Find out how you can get in on these traditions too and enjoy.



Just before midnight on New Year's Eve, the Japanese eat soba noodles. The Toshikoshi soba, which translates to a "year-crossing" buckwheat noodle dish, has lots of symbolism. The long noodle denotes the crossing from one year to the next. Since it's an easily cut noodle, it signifies a letting go of the past year's regrets—a cutting-off, if you will, before the fresh start the new year brings.


In Spain, with 12 seconds remaining until the New Year, people eat 12 green grapes to bring good luck in the coming year. It's thought to be bad luck if you can't eat them all by the final midnight chime. But gobble them down in time and 12 months of good fortune will come your way.


The French usually ring in the New Year with a huge feast, commonly know as le réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre. The meal is full of traditional, decadent eats, including foie gras, oysters, lobster and escargot. And, just like in the U.S., champagne is the drink of choice.


Italians love lentils for their coin-like shape, symbolizing luck and prosperity. A New Year's Eve dinner usually features this legume to bring on luck in the coming year. Pork is often added to lentil dishes in the form of cotechino, a spicy sausage, or zampone, a deboned pig trotter, to represent the plenitude of the land.


On the last night of the year, Colombians place three potatoes—one peeled, one unpeeled, and one half peeled—under their beds. At midnight, they pull out the first potato they touch. Peeled means they'll have financial problems, unpeeled indicates abundance, and half peeled…well, somewhere in between.


Australians celebrate the New Year with midnight fireworks in cities and towns throughout the country. Firework displays are launched off bridges, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, from jetties along the beaches, and on river banks, with the lights of the fireworks sparkling off the water. In a typical year, people pack picnic baskets and arrive hours early to get the best viewing spots.


Filipino culture celebrates the New Year by serving 12 round fruits. The round shape symbolizes coins, which represent prosperity and wealth for each month of the upcoming year. Apples, melons, oranges and grapes are popular picks, but any round fruit will do.


After a traditional New Year's Eve meal of boiled cod with mustard, the Danes eat a tower of marzipan doughnuts called kransekage, meaning "wreath cake." It was once called overflødighedshorn (cornucopia), because the whole doughnut tower was tipped on its side, with chocolate and treats spilling out. This traditional cake is also served at weddings and birthdays.


In rural areas of Canada, New Year's Eve is a time to spend ice fishing with friends. Celebrations on the frozen ponds and rivers tend to last all night as buddies fish in the open or in fishing shacks and perhaps catch a fish or two to help celebrate the coming year.


The Irish have a tradition of banging bread against the walls of their houses on New Year's Eve. The idea is that bad luck and evil spirits are chased away and good luck is invited in. It also ensures that the coming year will be filled with an abundance of bread and other food.


In Brazil, particular foods are eaten to invite good luck for the coming year. Seven is the lucky number on New Year's Eve, so seven pomegranate seeds are eaten to keep the purse full, and seven grapes ensure abundance in all areas of life. Some Brazilians also jump over seven waves in the ocean and make seven wishes for the new year as they leap.


The Greeks ring in the new year by eating vasilopita, a sweet yeast bread. Eaten at midnight, the bread is made in honour of Greece's revered St. Basil. Before serving the family, beginning with the oldest member, households set a slice of bread aside for the saint and another portion for those in need. A coin is baked into the bread and the person whose slice contains the coin is in for a year filled with good fortune.


HAPPY  2023


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Happy 2023
Happy new year, Simplicity, sweetness, craziness. Great article, wonderful photography. Congratulations to all ❤️
Great article, amazing photography! Thank you, Yvette and the crew! Continue your excellent work in 2023 with joy and inspiration!
Thank you, dear Ludmila. May all your wishes come true in 2023
Great images. My wishes for a Happy and Peaceful 2023
Buon anno. Che il 2023 sia ricco di stupende immagini. Buona luce a tutti
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year everyone! Best wishes for 2023 with lots of good light! Big thanks to our crew for their excellent work and all members of the community who make this a very special place!
Thank you in the name of the Editorial team, Ralf !!! We all - editors, crew and members - will keep 1x this very special place we love.
Absolutely love this article! Happy New Year!
Happy New Year 2023 to all !!!
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Interesante artículo y excelente colección de imágenes. Feliz Año Nuevo para todos!!!
Happy 2023 to all great images.
Happy New 2023 Year, with my best wishes to all of you, Cheers 🥂!!!
Beautiful images! Happy New Year 2023 to all!
Thank you dear Yvette for all you have done! Wish you a Happy New Year and best wishes to all of 1X friends! Happy New Year to all! Cheers!
You make me blushing, dear friend. I love to be involved thanks to the magazine and my fantastic team of editors! Cheers ...
Best wishes for a wonderful New year ..thank you Yvette for adding my photo..
My pleasure, Rana ... every year, I'm looking for some recent images, and I saw yours! Cheers ...
My best wishes for all in 2023 🥂🎉✨️
Great all work! Happy New Year 2023 to you all!
Great Collection! Happy New Year to all! Happy Holidays to Yvette!
Thank you my dear friend ...I wish you both all the best! Cheers ...
All the best and peace to the year 2023 for all!!
Beautiful images , Wishing everyone a beautiful and safe New year 2023
Many thanks, Yvette. Happy New Year to you all!
Thank you, dear friend. My pleasure. And cheers to 2023!!!
Happy and creative 2023 to all of you.
thanks a lot dear Yvette. All the best to all of you, all of my friends here on, to the admins and founders. Regards Hans-Wolfgang
Cheers to you, Hans Wolgang Hawerkamp :-)
Happy 2023 to all of you !!! Cheers, Yvette