San Francisco (Obama.net)- Just like every year, on December 31st, millions of people from all around the world come together in various locations to celebrate the closing of one year and the beginning of the next one. In recent history we have seen such monumental occasions as the turning of the millennium when we counted down the last seconds of 1999 and transitioned into the year 2000 and faced the fears of the potential Y2K crisis, and the change into 2009 that marked the first time that a non-white male would be the President of the United States.
But this year, we enter a new decade as we change our calendars from 2010 to 2011.
This New Year will bring us a new Congress in mid January that is going to be controlled by the Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Democrats in the Senate and the beginning of the positioning for the primary elections for the 2012 Presidential election.
The year will be kicked off by a packed month of sports action led by the NCAA Division 1 football bowl games and the NFL playoffs leading to the Super Bowl.
Movies, musical releases, new books, and a slew of other events will also highlight the entertainment year.
To kick off the year, thousands migrated to New York City’s Times Square to count down at midnight and watch the ball drop. The celebration at Times Square is nothing new as it is one of the most famous New Year’s traditions in the world. People have been celebrating the New Year at Times Square since 1904.
For years the celebration has been hosted by the legendary Dick Clark, but due to health issues in recent years, Clark has taken a smaller role in the annual broadcast. Now, he is joined by Ryan Seacrest, who relieved Clark of much of his duties in order to make sure Clark does not overexert himself and risk further complications.
Other major celebrations throughout the world included Tokyo, Japan, Moscow Russia, Berlin, Germany, and various smaller locations all over the globe.
With each nation and culture having their own specific way of celebrating, every single one was worth viewing as they were being broadcast on television live as they were happening.
As everyone in the world rung in the New Year in whatever way they chose to, the entire world as a whole transitioned from 2010 to 2011 at the end of the day.