I cannot believe that another year is nearly over! Depending on your time zone, we are literally just a day or two away from 2015. Instead of fireworks and countdown-to-midnight pictures, I searched for photos of more unusual New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events and sights for this week’s post.
Polar Bear Plunges
Defying the elements and common sense, people across the world decide that New Year’s Day is the perfect day for a freezing cold dip in the ocean or other body of water. However, these “polar bear plunges” are performed during other times of the winter as well.
Some communities and families come up with their own New Year rituals. For example, some local residents burn their Christmas trees at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, Washington. They also have their own version of the polar bear plunge.
The Aqua String Band is an all volunteer string band, best known for their participation in Philadelphia’s annual Mummers Parade. The band was organized on April 2, 1920 by Elmer W. Leyrer and Fred J. Kesel, Sr. and incorporated into the String Band Association in 1945.
Mr. Violin sheds light on curious facts about Brazil – but he also touches on issues that somehow connect Brazilians to world topics, making his audioblog an invaluable link between South America’s powerhouse and the rest of the globe.