The New Year is right around the corner and I am excited! New Year's in Germany is just about the craziest time here aside from Oktoberfest. I've celebrated New Year's in Alaska, Colorado, and Florida, and I have never seen anything that resemble the madness that takes place in Germany. Every town and especially larger cities are lit up with fireworks on New Year's. It's not just the state run or city fireworks that are set off.
Every single person in the country can light and set off their own fireworks ANYWHERE. This means people are setting them off from their homes, on rooftops, and especially in the streets even if you're in the middle of downtown in a huge city. It's madness I tell you! If you didn't know any better you would think that an air raid with cannons and explosions were taking place. This also goes on for a long time. It's not just a 15 minute ordeal, the city is lit up and booming with noise well into the night. Usually the highlight is for about an hour, and after that fireworks are set off until the wee hours of the morning.
Below is a video I took the first year we were here on New Year's. We were lucky enough to be on a rooftop in downtown Stuttgart to see the fireworks. I was turning around in a circle holding my iPhone. The quality isn't the best but you can kind of see what I'm talking about!
Fireworks in Stuttgart on New Year's
Fireworks aren't the only fun to take in for New Year's. There are also many fun German traditions to take part in. I wrote an article on Answers.com that highlights some of the fun that takes place on this holiday.
I included most of the big items, and will have more articles up shortly with more information and possibly a recipe or two, so stay tuned!
Dinner For One
Of other interest is the short theatrical skit 'Dinner for One'. Here is some information about the most famous TV show in Germany (and aired multiple times on New Years'!).
"Dinner for One is synonymous with New Years in Germany. It's an old British skit that was first recorded in 1963 in Hamburg, Germany and has become the most aired television show. It's only about twenty minutes long and had only ever been aired as a filler in between shows. In 1972, however, it was aired on New Year's Eve and since then it has been the most popular TV show to watch on New Year's Eve in Germany. Oddly, most people in Britain have never heard of it since it's never been aired in the country. The skit is only aired in English but only has a few lines to know, the most popular being "the same procedure as last year" which you may hear quite a bit by Germans when they are bringing in the New Year." - german.answers.com
Interesting trivia and facts about the most aired television show in history: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0121210/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv
A recap of the skit by The Local (German news in English): http://www.thelocal.de/20121230/16465
Check out the live skit below
So How Are We Celebrating New Year's?
We are heading to a friend's house in Stuttgart that happens to own a flat on the top floor with a rooftop balcony that overlooks the city. To say the very very least, I am SO excited about that. Let's hope I don't get hit by any fireworks! I'm going to set up my camera with a tripod to record the madness. The skies should be clear, so my chances of getting good footage are looking pretty good right now. So, hopefully you'll be seeing an updated video soon.