Those without plans to conquer far-flung horizons on New Year’s Eve probably won’t be making any elaborate travel arrangements at this late date. But that doesn’t have to translate into a night on the sofa. While cities near the places we presently call home offer bars, clubs and restaurants attracting revellers in droves, much of the population is content to count down to midnight in public spaces such as city squares or atop bridges.
In Germany and throughout much of Europe, fireworks make up a large part of the festivities. Much of what goes up in smoke is no organized showcase of pyrotechnics but rather a collection of rockets and firecrackers purchased at supermarkets and discount stores in the run-up to the holiday. Such firepower in the hands of the exuberant, inexperienced and tipsy often goes astray, however, so it’s essential to keep alert when venturing into the thick of things.