New Year Holiday Ideas
The turning of a New Year is celebrated around the world, making it the biggest party night on Earth. Each country has its own special way of marking the striking of midnight on 31 December, so as you start to plan your time off for 2013 and set out in search of cheap holidays abroad, spare a thought this New Year for how the locals in these far-flung destinations are celebrating.
You’ll find New Year’s celebrations going on all over Crete, with a festival atmosphere and some cracking firework displays. Once the New Year has arrived, it’s considered lucky for a child to be the first person to cross over the doorstep. Most households will also bake a simple sponge cake on the 1st of January. If you receive the slice with a coin wrapped in foil inside then it’s thought that you will have a lucky year ahead of you.
Most tourists visit Greece during the summer months when there are plenty of cheap holidays to Crete available. If you love getting out and about then you’ll find plenty of trekking opportunities that will allow you to traverse the dramatic mountainous terrains. Or book an activity day like kayaking, diving or kite surfing, and really get the adrenalin going.
Or, if you prefer to take it easy, then while away your days in the café’s and tavernas, enjoy the beautiful beaches or embark on a little retail therapy.
There’s so much to enjoy on this beautiful island, and Cyprus holidays are sure to be top of the wish-list for 2013. If you’re planning a visit to this magical country next year then stop and think of the scene during Christmas and New Year, when all of the island’s villages and towns celebrate with magical parades, carolling and fantastic festive food. In Cyprus it’s traditional to give gifts at New Year rather than on Christmas Day and children dressed as Father Christmas wander through the streets on the 31st singing a traditional song.
Rhodes is a popular tourist destination, but during the quieter months of December and January the locals enjoy a merry Christmas and New Year with a whole host of local traditions. The island puts its own unique stamp on New Year celebrations with the tradition of gambling. Rolling dice and playing cards at New Year has become a Rhodes custom as the Greeks believe that New Year is the time when fortune will smile on them.
Rhodes offers vibrant New Year’s celebrations, along with candle lit street parades on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. For the locals in Greece New Year is a double celebration because it’s also the Feast of Saint Basil. Expect to see crosses wrapped in Basil hung on doors.
There are plenty of cheap holidays to Rhodes on offer if you book early for 2013.