We made it! 2019 is finally coming to a close. It’s time to figure out how to spend your New Year’s Eve!

Thankfully, there are so many New Year’s Eve traditions to celebrate. Let’s take a look at some unique ways to ring in the new year from around the world.

Pro Tip: Spend New Year’s Eve with us at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club! We really go big for New Year’s. More details below!

Try a Tradition from Another Country

Circular Logic
In the Philippines, people believe in eating round foods and wearing clothing with dotted patterns to promote wealth and prosperity. Traditionally, twelve round fruits are eaten to signify a month of the year. Coins are also kept in pockets and jangled to keep the money flowing. This would make for a fun potluck with friends and family!

Wish for Great Adventures
In Columbia, people carry empty suitcases around the block to wish for a travel-filled new year. Even if it doesn’t work, at least you’ve traveled around the neighborhood!

Break It Up And Burn It Down

Reiki Burning Bowl Ceremony
Burning ceremonies are traditionally performed on meaningful holidays including New Year’s Eve. They are intended to aid in releasing past negativity, suffering, or pain. Write down the relationships, burdens, situations, and hardships that have not served you in the past year on pieces of paper. Then ignite them in a glass or metal bowl. This is to help bring catharsis in leaving your troubles behind and empower yourself to move forward!

Breaking Plates
In Denmark, neighbors and friends break plates and dishes against each other’s front doors. The bigger the pile of broken china, the more friends and luck you’ll have in the coming year (and the more possible door dents, but it could be worth it).

Cracking Eggs
Cascarones are hollowed out eggs filled with confetti that are popular in Mexico and Latin America during holidays. To have one broken on your head is a sign of affection and believed to bring good fortune. You egghead!

Burning Scarecrows
In Ecuador, scarecrow-like dolls of notable people are burned to destroy negativity from the past and cleanse in preparation for a new year. Just don’t make a scarecrow that resembles your mother-in-law. That could go over poorly.

Make Meaningful Resolutions

Keep a Journal
Practice gratitude and write down one thing you are grateful for every day. Spending as little as five minutes journaling is a great way to work on stress management, and it’s been shown to increase overall life satisfaction.

Staycation and Self Care
Planning a staycation nearby is a great way to rejuvenate. Imagine unplugging from your phone, social media, and the internet and just enjoying some time to yourself. Sound amazing?

Setting aside time to be mindful is a great way to refocus on yourself and your priorities. We can help! Consider a stay at The Governor’s Club or book our Bed & Breakfast Package. You can also give the gift of a staycation to someone in your life who deserves it. For a limited time, get a $25 bonus gift card with a purchase of a $100 gift card.

Dance, Drink and Laugh at a New Year’s Eve Bash

New Year’s Eve at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club

We love New Year’s Eve traditions, but our favorite is ending the year with a big bash in our Grand Ballroom. And hey, you’re invited!

New Year’s Eve at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club includes:

  • Cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception
  • Four-course surf n’ turf dinner
  • Complimentary photos
  • Comedy show with Johnny Beehner
  • Live music by VO5 and Harmonious Wail
  • DJ dance party
  • Midnight champagne toast
  • New Year’s Day brunch

Join the party! There are five special packages to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find the experience you’re looking for.

Tickets are going fast! Book now while you can. And no matter what New Year’s traditions you practice, we wish you a very happy new year!