Bahrain uses the Islamic lunar calendar for many of its public holidays, but New Year’s Day is celebrated according to the Gregorian Calendar used by much of the rest of the world. And like most things here in Bahrain, New Year’s celebrations are done big, with feasts, fireworks, and festivities throughout the small island nation.
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Many of the biggest events take place at international luxury hotels located throughout Bahrain. Hotels and resorts put on huge New Year’s buffets and menus both on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. They also put on special shows and cultural events and deck their hotel building with glamorous decorations.
But shopping centres, especially City Centre Bahrain, also are a centre or New Year’s activities. Some malls host special performances, featuring singing, dancing, and various theatrics that last for two weeks or longer.
Much of the celebration of New Year’s in Bahrain seeks to duplicate that found in Western countries to give visitors a “taste of home”. But a lot of it is also very unique, and local foods, culture, and climate all combine to make the experience as exotic as it is familiar. It’s not surprising that Bahrain is growing in popularity internationally as a place to see the old year out and the new year in.
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