Happy 2020: New Year Celebrations From Around The World

By

CCSS NCSS-1 577 Words 4-Minute Listen
People worldwide celebrated the new year and new decade with fireworks displays (Credit: Junaida279/CC0/Pixabay)

Happy 2020! At the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2019, cities worldwide rang in both a new year and a new decade with dazzling fireworks shows. Here are some of this year's most spectacular displays from around the world.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia, one of the first major cities on Earth to ring in the new year, is famous for staging two majestic fireworks shows annually. The first, a family-friendly display for Australian residents with young children, takes place at 9:00 pm local time, while the second, more extravagant show — broadcast live internationally to an eager audience of over a billion people — occurs at midnight local time.

The spectacle of light ushering in 2020 took 15 months to plan, cost $6.5 million, and comprised over 100,000 fireworks. The magnificent pyrotechnics display, which transformed the dark skies into a kaleidoscope of colors for 12 minutes, was launched from eight pontoons and four main barges off the iconic Sydney Harbour.

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) welcomed 2020 with several fireworks and light shows across its seven emirates, or states. Though all were stunning, the one at the Ras Al Khaimah emirate captivated people worldwide. The 13-minute spectacle was witnessed live by hundreds of thousands of spectators, and billions more through online live feeds and telecasts. It also clinched two Guinness World Records titles for the "Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously" and the "Longest Fireworks Waterfall."

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

As is the case each year, Brazil's biggest New Year festivities took place at Rio de Janeiro's beautiful Copacabana Beach. Over 3 million people, many dressed in white to signify their desire for peace, gathered on the sandy white beaches to watch the almost 34,000 pounds of colorful fireworks, which lit up the skies for an impressive 14 minutes! Some revelers extended the celebrations into the early hours of January 1, 2020, when they took a sunrise dip in the ocean to wash away all the troubles from 2019.

London, England

The Victoria Embankment and South Bank areas of the River Thames, were filled to capacity with 100,000 people eager to usher in 2020 with what London's mayor promised would be "the best display the capital had ever seen." They were not disappointed. The exciting show, which began against the backdrop of 12 powerful chimes from the iconic Big Ben, featured stunning fireworks set off from the London Eye and barges moored in a central location along the Thames.

The International Space Station (ISS)

The Expedition 60 crewmembers — NASA's Andrew Morgan, Christina Koch, and Jessica Meir, European Space Agency's Luca Parmitano, and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Skvortsov — did not experience any fireworks on the space station. However, since the ISS circles the planet every hour and a half, they did witness 16 spectacular sunrises and sunsets on New Year's Eve. The explorers also welcomed 2020 — which marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first component of the floating Space Station — much earlier than the flight controllers at NASA's Mission Control center in Houston.

"The space station operates on Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT, meaning it will only be 7 pm ET when the orbiting astronauts' clock strikes midnight to ring in the new year," NASA officials explained in a Twitter statement.

How did you ring in the new year and the new decade? Be sure to let us know by writing your comments below.

Resources: Space.com, dailymail.co.uk, thenationalae,khaleejtimes.com, CNN.com

Get the Workbook for this article!

Workbook contains: Article, Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking Questions, Vocabulary in Context (+ answers), Multiple Choice Quiz (+ answers), Parts of Speech Quiz (+ answers), Vocabulary Game (+ answers)
Cite Article
199 Comments
  • animereina2020
    animereina2020Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 7:42 pm
    This year isn't going so great, but for all of you that still read this article, I just wanted to say that I hope everything is going okay.
    • l78
      l78Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 9:04 am
      They used a TON of fireworks!!!!
      • l78
        l78Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 9:01 am
        Happy 2020 New year!😁
        • animereina2020
          animereina2020Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 1:40 pm
          For New Years Eve, I stood up until 1:00 in the morning... I was exhausted and was actually surprised that my parents even let me stay up! They usually make me stay up until 9 p.m. I know I should have said this earlier, but happy 2020! Even though this year is going wacky enough with COVID 19, hopefully by the summer we can get back on track 😁
          • bsc
            bscWednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:58 pm
            Yay! Happy 2020. Shoutout to all my folowers. Hope you're doing well!
            • unicornhawii2
              unicornhawii2Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:37 am
              I stayed too till 2:35 a.m
              • cobrakid
                cobrakidTuesday, March 17, 2020 at 4:41 pm
                i stayed up till 12:02
                • kurama9tails
                  kurama9tailsTuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9:43 am
                  I stayed up till 3:00am!!!!
                • lovercat910
                  lovercat910Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 8:01 pm
                  I celebrated the new year by watching A wrinkle in time. We had so many snacks and we talked. My friend got a message from her friend. She said, " Happy New year! It's been 10 years since we met each other. " We laughed so hard.
                  • savannahguerrer
                    savannahguerrerThursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:00 am
                    I love wrinkle in time!! Lol 😂
                  • loveislove
                    loveisloveSunday, February 16, 2020 at 5:26 pm
                    I love fireworks
                    • kittyndogonews
                      kittyndogonewsThursday, February 13, 2020 at 5:13 pm
                      We celebrated
                      • oliver484
                        oliver484Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 4:48 pm
                        Happy new year