Yesterday evening we waited for the new year to start. We wanted to go to the 20 min farer located Brussels and watch the annual New Year's firework. There is always a lot of fun in the center of the city.
People from whole Belgium and a lot of tourists who especially come for this event are gathered in the parc just in front of the king's palace or on the Grand'Place. Usually they also bring their Champagne with them to empty the bottle at midnight while watching the firework.
Despite the politicians who want the whole world to believe that flemish and french speaking people don't like each other, because they are fighting, this event proves the contrary. Besides some fanatics on both sides nobody thinks about a separation between the flemish and the french speaking part amongst the population.
This year the firework had been cancelled. For the first time in Belgium's history there was a terrorist alert in Brussels and the government had decided to cancel the firework. This made people very angry and they even accused the government to have cancelled the firework on purpose so that flemish and french speaking people couldn't meet. This of course is ridiculous.
a lot of little things to eat ! From sushis over salmon and other snacks to little cheese balls filled with figs or salmon and as dessert a Tiramisu.
So we stayed home and watched the musical "Chicago" and some other shows on TV and enjoyed our little specialities.
At midnight fireworks started in our street and all around in Waterloo. People had spent a fortune to make their private firework in their gardens or somewhere else outside. It was a beautiful show and everybody screamed "Bonne Année"
My poor cats didn't appreciate these noises at all, cat Arthur disappeared in my wardrobe and the others under different beds. They only showed up when it was over.
This morning then I thought about something I had never really thought about. Not all of my blogfriends celebrate the New Year at the same time ! There is sometimes a big time difference.
So I looked it up this morning.
For me it was 6 am and for most of the European countries too except my friends in the UK who maybe still celebrated because for them it was 5 am.
For those living in Vietnam they probably started their New Year's lunch it was 12 pm and in Singapore it was already 2 pm on January 1sth 2008.
My friends in Australia were maybe laying at the beach at 4 pm and in South Africa they probably started to eat their supper at 7 pm. In Brasil they enjoyed some tea or coffee now at 3 pm. For them the new year had already started a few hours ago.
But there are my American friends who still have to wait for midnight to come and there it varies too, in New York it is just midnight and everybody says cheers to the New Year, while in Los Angeles it is only 9 pm and they have to wait for a couple of hours.
So we Bloggers don't welcome the New Year all at the same time. It is strange but I really never payed attention to this fact.
But now it is the New Year for all of my Blogfriends and I wish a
to all of them !!