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Silvester in Berlin

Parthasarathi
Berlin, am 29. March 2013

Silvester in Berlin

 

Silvester in Berlin

For those of you who do not know what the above phrase means, a small read here and you will be sorted. This is not referring to Silvester Stallone’s visit to Berlin; instead it refers to a vacation which coincides with the New Year’s celebration. Traditionally Silvester is the day of the Feast of Pope Sylvester I, a saint who served as Pope in the Roman Catholic Church. The feast day is held on the anniversary of his death, the 31st of December, a date that coincides with the New Year’s Eve, in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. Because of this coincidence, several countries, primarily in Europe, use a variant of Sylvester’s name as the preferred name for the holiday; these countries include Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Slovenia(please note , the list may not be complete).

Talking about the celebrations, undoubtedly the most awaited festivity of the year needs great celebrating; the city of Berlin is magnificent in throwing an ostentatious bash to not only its guests but also the natives. Beautifully lit streets crowded with enthusiasts, long lasting parties at clubs, various events being organised across the city…It seems as though the city does not sleep during the Silvester week.

On the much awaited night, there is a start studded program at the heart of the city, the Brandenburger Tor. Celebrities and eminent personalities make their way through the crowd as their respective limozeenes drop them off to red carpet entrance of Hotel Adlon. The venue is surrounded by hundreds of people who sing, dance and light fireworks as they eagerly wait for the clock to tick 12:00.

As the final countdown for the New Year begins, the venue erupts. With the strike of midnight, a flurry of fireworks surround the Brandenburger Tor and everyone is seen hugging and kissing each other, wishing all a very Happy and Successful new year. The celebrations continue for a few hours as international music is played for the people to move their feet around. All in all, truly a memorable and enriching experience.

 

 

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