A cornucopia of celebrations is held across the world to ring out the old and ring in the new. Here's a low-down of the most stunning locations that host year-end celebrations. Zero in on one, for an experience of a lifetime!
1. Expo Milano 2015, Milan, Italy
Hosted by Milan from May 1st to October 31st, the Universal Exposition is a thrilling around-the-world experience. The theme this year 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life' is all about food, marked by various cooking shows, workshops and a journey through culture, colors and traditions. Ever since it was held in 1851 for the first time at The Crystal Palace of London, this expo has been a platform for sharing technologies, innovations and discoveries attracting millions of visitors.
Expo Milano has over 140 participating countries
2. World Puppet Festival
Held from September 18th to 27th, the World Puppet Festival was founded in 1961 and takes place once every two years in Charleville-Mezieres, France, which is a major international center of puppetry. A 10-day festival displays creations of around 250 troupes from five continents to thousands of spectators, and includes fringe festivals, street shows, meetings, exhibitions and other festivities.
The World Puppet Carnival produces carnivals and festivals around the globe
3. CannstatterWasen (Stuttgart Beer Festival)
If you are a beer fan and fond of traditional folk festivals, the traditional German Stuttgart Beer Festival awaits you. The 170th anniversary of this festival is being held from September 25th to October 11th this year. The 17-day event founded in 1818 is the world's second largest beer festival and attracts millions of visitors. This festival also lures beer-lovers with beer tents, carnival parades, and the highest transportable swing and free fall tower in the world.
CannstatterWasen is the second largest beer festival in Germany
4. Rugby World Cup 2015
One of 2015's biggest sporting events, the 8th Rugby World Cup hosted by Twickenham Stadium in London from September 18th to October 31st is a must-visit for sports fans. From bake sales to national sports, people across the UK are invited to register their events in order to create a festive feel across the country. What better way to cheer for your favorite team and bring in the New Year?
The 2015 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be the eighth Rugby World Cup
5. Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City
In November 2015, Formula 1 will return to Mexico after 21 years for the first time since 1992. The race will be held at a refurbished 4.421-kilometre Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City and will take place on All Saints'Day. While here, explore this gorgeous city, which beguiles its visitors with endless architectural options including the Plaza de la Constitucion, the National Palace and Plaza Garibaldi, one of the best places in Mexico City to hear live mariachi music.
Mexico set to return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2015 after a 23-year absence
6. Sydney, Australia
If you want to witness one of the world's first cities to celebrate the New Year, head over to Sydney's incredible New Year's Eve lightshow. The towering Sydney Harbor Bridge is the centerpiece for celebrations with fireworks and extravagant pyrotechnic displays, while the Torres Strait Islanders' smoking ceremony (believed to cleanse the evil spirits of the past year) culminates in the glorious Harbor of Light Parade.
Family-friendly fireworks at 9 pm are a great preview for the super-sized show at midnight at Sydney Harbor Bridge
7. Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party
With the fading Christmas lights and the holiday season coming to an end, you can still head to Edinburgh for one final bash. Spread over three days, from December 30th to January 1st, the Edinburgh's Hogmanay is a complete sell-out party with spectacular events and incredible bands from all over the world. As the bells strike at midnight, take to the streets of Edinburgh with friends to sing the world's biggest rendition of 'Auld Lang Syne'.
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Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrates with over 148,000 revelers from more than 70 countries