An Arab city in the Top 10 NYE Celebration © AFP
One month ago, the world was celebrating New Year 2019. Some cities have not skimped on the means with lights, fireworks and decorations of all kinds. Among them, Beirut was able to create a sensation, automatically placing it in the "Top 10 NYE Celebration".
In recent years, National Geographic magazine has regularly published a list of the 10 largest New Year’s Day celebrations around the globe. This year, Beirut, Lebanon, enters the ranking making it the only city in the Arab world to appear in this top 10.
“Every year brings a promise of peace to the capital of a war-torn Lebanon”National Geographic
Ranked 7th in the “TOP NYE Celebration”, the Lebanese capital is ahead of Tokyo (8th) or Sydney (10th), cities renowned for their colourful New Year’s show.
Beirut lights up for the new year
Long torn apart by war, Beirut adorns itself for an evening with a veil of hope, peace and love. On the occasion of the New Year, thousands of people gathered in Nejmeh Square in the heart of the highly decorated Lebanese capital to watch a spectacular show.
The highlight of the show is at midnight, when the fireworks ring out in the city and illuminate every Lebanese citizen who came to celebrate the New Year, but also every religious building, churches and mosques, true symbols of the country’s diversity. You now know where to spend your 2020 New Year’s Eve.
Happy #2019 ! Despite the economical challenges, #Lebanon managed to make it to @NatGeo 's Top 10 best New Year’s Eve celebrations from around the world. Lebanon ranked as the 7th place. Tiny but mighty country. #Beirut #NewYears2019 pic.twitter.com/F5dt5PeSuc
— Luna Safwan – لونا صفوان (@LunaSafwan) January 1, 2019
Top 10 NYE Celebration
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