Sadly, on December 31st, we won’t be able to stand in the freezing cold and sing Auld Lang Syne in Trafalgar Square as fireworks erupt and fill the sky. Like many New Years celebrations and parties, the central London shindig has been canceled due to the current Covid crisis.
It’s been a strange year, but it hasn’t all been bad. We had some spectacular moments that gave us hope and reminded all of us what it is like to live “real life” surrounded by unique, amazing (and yes, sometimes, slightly boring) people.
To celebrate these key moments, the London Eye has prepared a special two-minute light show that will air across all of its social channels at 4 p.m. on December 31.
The lights on the giant wheel will change to represent different times: brilliant blue to applaud the resilience and hard work of the NHS throughout the pandemic; red-orange in honor of the NASA rover’s landing on Mars in February; transform into Union Jack to remember Captain Sir Tom Moore who died in February; a radiant rainbow will represent pride and the LGBTQ + community; and finally the lights will be turned off in honor of the death of Prince Philip and the anniversary of the untimely death of George Floyd.
Other celebrated events will include many sports: from England reaching the Euro 2021 final, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, and finally Emma Raducanu’s incredible victory at the US Open. .
The lights of the London Eye will also flash and turn green to represent the importance of COP26 and our collective responsibility in the fight against climate change; pink and blue to represent the arrivals of four royal babies; and red to celebrate Marcus Rashford’s MBE award.
Our beloved pop culture will get a few mentions as well, with black and white lights for James Bond’s latest installment ‘No Time to Die’, and even the ‘Friends’ reunion (remember?) Red, yellow lights. and blues. After all, where would we all be if we hadn’t had some entertainment to get us through several blockages?
New Years celebrations in Trafalgar Square have been canceled
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