HOW TO: Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Germany

Hey guys 🙂

I can’t believe this is the last day of 2017, but honestly, I also can’t wait for the New Year. New Years Eve is celebrated all over the world and every country has its very own traditions on this special night. Today I’m going to explain you, how we celebrate New Year’s Eve in Germany.

Greetings for New Year’s Eve
First of all you need to know how to wish everyone a happy new year, in case you won’t see them at New Years Eve. So after Christmas we often say “Guten Rutsch” when we say good bye to some people. “Rutsch” comes from the word “Rutschen” which means to slide. So we want you to slide in good into the new year. This is an expression you can say to everyone. To say Happy New Year, we say “Frohes Neues Jahr” in Germany.

How to celebrate
New Years Eve isn’t only celebrated with the family, like Christmas is. Most people celebrate New Year’s Eve with their friends at house parties or special places in the cities.
The German television plays an important role on this special day. Of course there is the New Year’s speech of our Federal Chancellor and we can watch the Fireworks at Brandenburger Tor after the big countdown, but there is one thing we celebrate more than this in television. It is called Dinner for one.

Dinner for one is a comedy sketch written by British author Lauri Wylie and produced by the  German television station Norddeutscher Rundfunk in 1963. The sketch is completely in English (with subtitles of course) and even German people, who don’t speak a word of English can quote at least one sentence of this sketch. I’m not kidding, my father is the best example.

A look into future
Another tradition to do is lead pouring. Here we melt lead that was pressed to Luck Symbols before, and pour it into water. Then we have to interpret what form the lead has after it and the the form will tell us what is going to happen the next year. That’s the theory.

Of course we have fireworks to. Originally intended to expel evil spirits, today it is the annual bangle effect of New Year’s Eve parties. There are only a few fireworks prohibitions in Germany around churches, hospitals and retirement homes. On some islands our houses have roofs made of thatch, which is easily inflammable. People, who live there normally don’t use rockets.

I wish all of you happy New Year. I wish you all and nothing: All that makes you happy and nothing that makes you despair. Guten Rutsch und Frohes Neues Jahr!

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