Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
Are you celebrating the new year at one of these areas in Kigali? Mont Kigali, Kimihurura and Rebero. If your answer is yes, then do not be scared or shocked when you hear fireworks explosions as we usher in 2018. Kigali City informs you in advance.
“As we mark the end of this year, Kigali City informs the public that tonight, December 31, 2017, across different parts of the city fire works will be exploded.
These activities will take done in three parts of Kigali City: Mont Kigali, Kimihurura and Rebero,” reads the announcement signed today by Pascal Nyamulinda, Kigali City Mayor.
Kigali City concludes wishing all of us a happy new year 2018.
What New Year’s traditions are there around the world?
In Rwanda we will quaff champagne, light fireworks and link arms for a rousing rendition of Umwaka Uratashye – but that’s nothing compared to some parts of the world.
The Spanish, for example, stuff their mouths with 12 grapes when the clock strikes midnight, and it’s considered bad luck not to eat the lot.
In Denmark, it’s considered good fortune to smash a plate on your friend’s front step, while a part of Scotland’s Hogmanay celebrations is to swing blazing balls of fire through the street.
South American countries have their own quirks, with New Year celebrations in Ecuador including burning paper-filled scarecrows, and in Brazil it is traditional to jump seven waves for luck on the beaches of Rio Di Janeiro.
And you fancy eating until you burst, head to Estonia – it’s considered good fortune to feast seven, nine or 12 times when calling in the New Year.
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