A new year is coming. And this time around, with all that’s been happening, that is particularly good news. But how can we celebrate when we’re still going through a global pandemic? Thanks to modern technology and social media, you can now take part in exciting events around the world without leaving your home. The best thing is you can also get to practice your foreign language skills while having fun!
From the traditional Spanish Nochevieja to a virtual edition of NYE in Times Square, the possibilities are endless. That is why we have compiled a list of the 5 best digital New Year events you can join this year. Are you ready?
Tomorrowland in Spain
The biggest electronic music festival in the world, Tomorrowland, has announced that a virtual edition will be celebrated and available for streaming on New Year’s Eve. This huge event is a follow-up to “Tomorrowland Around The World”, the impressive show that every electronic music fan was talking about last summer.
This time around, people from all over the world will be able to stream live performances by artists like David Guetta, Dmitri Vegas, and Martin Garrix. In addition, the organizers have promised 3D technology and groundbreaking special effects.
If you are learning Spanish, this is a great opportunity to sharpen your conversational skills in the comments section of the party and interact with other music lovers from Spain and around the world!
Would you like to get more information about this amazing event? Visit their website to get the latest info.
Japanese New Year Streaming
Japan’s Imperial Household Agency has decided to call off their traditional New Year’s event set for January 2, at which the imperial family, including Emperor Naruhito, were to greet visitors at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo. The agency explained that the decision seeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
However, this doesn’t mean that Japan is skipping celebrations this year. Bands like Arashi, for example, are to stream New Year’s Eve concerts without a live audience but with the best technology available, so that fans around the world get a really immersive streaming experience.
So this New Year’s Eve, you can get a couple of friends, stream Arashi’s concert, write down the titles of your favorite songs, and look up the lyrics on the internet once the concert is over! This way, you can turn a celebration into a learning opportunity.
NYE in Times Square – New York
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities have decided that NYE 2021 will not be open to the public this time around. Instead, people from all over the globe are invited to join a virtual celebration full of exciting live performances from the comfort and safety of their homes.
Even in difficult times, the arrival of a new year is something to be happy about, and these types of thrilling, enhanced virtual events seem like the best way to celebrate this season.
If you want to add a challenging element to the celebration, you can practice New Year’s greetings in different languages beforehand and leave them in the comments section of the official event.
To get more information about this event, visit the official website.
Virtual Experience in London
Every year, London’s famous fireworks show attracts people from the most distant countries. This year, however, this traditional display faces a drastically different experience as concerns of a virus spike dominate the public agenda.
One option gaining traction among politicians and health experts is a drone light show, which offers an attractive, eco-friendly alternative to fireworks. Thanks to inventive technological advances, this new approach could actually provide digital audiences with a more striking experience than a physical display.
For English learners, this is a rare opportunity to sharpen your writing skills with a real purpose: After the show has finished, you can post a review on social media or you can send your comments by email to the organizers!
Virtual New Year’s Run
It turns out New Year’s Eve is not all about eating lots of food and drinking champagne. By joining the 2020-2021 Virtual Run, you can actually celebrate the arrival of a new year by getting fit. And because it’s a virtual event, you can join wherever you live.
On the day of the run, you can track your run with an app or a running watch. Then, you just need to post a screenshot or a photo of your watch that shows your time and distance. Within a few hours, the organization will check your results and get you a certificate with your ranking.
Language enthusiasts will have a blast with this event, as they can communicate with runners from all over the world. Doesn’t this sound like a great opportunity to learn New Year greetings in different languages?
If you have any questions on how to sign up, you can visit their official website
As you can see, the pandemic situation doesn’t mean that you can’t get into a festive spirit this year. Which of these events sounds the most exciting for you? Let us know in the comments section below!
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