Survey results: How Dresden celebrates New Year’s Eve

We would like to know from you, dear readers, what customs and traditions are part of New Year’s Eve for you. And so far (31 December at 15.00) 377 of you have participated and answered our survey – we say thank you very much for that, and of course we do not want to withhold the results from you.

You can also continue to vote here and see the result in its entirety. Note, however, that the numbers may differ from the current status as the poll remains open. Also note that our study was obviously not conducted from a representative point of view and with a relatively small number of participants.

Are you celebrating New Year’s Eve this year?

XX percent of readers say “yes”; surprisingly, 54.4 percent do not celebrate at all this year. Is it due to the renewed Corona demands, a rather pessimistic view of the year 2022, or do the participants generally give up on New Year’s Eve? We do not know. At least we wish all readers a happy new year – no matter which way.

How does the corona pandemic affect New Year’s Eve?

68 percent of participants state that the pandemic situation has not affected their New Year’s Eve plans this year. 32 percent of readers were actually looking forward to a bigger party.

How do you feel about the ban on fireworks?

Fireworks may not be sold this year either. In many cities there are also no-go zones. The topic is controversial. Also in Dresden, many people are critical of the ban on fireworks. 31.3 percent of respondents say that banging is simply part of the day for them. 49.8 percent believe the ban on fireworks is still correct. 18.9 percent simply do not care about fireworks.

What do you eat on New Year’s Eve?

Just like at Christmas, there are many traditional dishes served on New Year’s Eve. More than 23 percent of respondents eat raclette this year, 4.9 percent eat fondue and 4.3 percent eat pancakes. At least 24.3 percent have “all that and more.” With more than 42 percent, however, there is nothing special on the table.

Dinner for one – yes or no?

It is a classic of the German New Year traditions. The sketch of a British lady’s 90th birthday and her butler’s growing drunkenness has delighted TV viewers since 1963. In Dresden, enthusiasm is limited for nearly 40 percent of survey participants. “Dinner for One” is part of New Year’s Eve. 60 percent can easily do without it.

dinner for one: Here you can see the original on NDR.

What do you think of New Year’s resolutions?

The judgment of our readers is surprisingly clear. More than 76 percent are of the opinion that resolutions are useless. What decisions have you made for the new year? You can tell us about them here.

How do I make decisions?

Dr Christoph Ramcke, PhD in sports science and active in health promotion since 1998, has replied: “New Year’s Eve is not the time to make new decisions.”

He says decisions are often made “just on a whim,” without a clear plan and without a conscious decision to actually change his behavior in the long run. The decisions are also not actively incorporated into everyday life.

So a decision like going to the gym 5 times a week is too big a step to start with. The goal is too optimistic. It makes more sense to use “small step tactics”. “How about going to the gym only twice a week instead of 5 times?” If you have managed to integrate this into everyday life, then a later increase is still possible.

In the current situation, it is even more difficult to actively and consciously take a stand on something because we are sometimes unable to do so, or at least it seems that way. Corona and the measures to fight the virus make some of our decisions for us.

What can you do instead?

In order to regain the power to make decisions, there must be something where the decision can not be made for you. Like going for a walk. Even with a lockdown and with contact restrictions you can go for a walk. “And if we do not forget that health can be fun, even in Corona times, then it’s all much better.”

If you make a conscious decision, there is a realistic possibility that the behavior will change permanently and that you will still go for a walk regularly after Corona. In addition, the Corona period not only has negative consequences.

Saving travel time and costs, more time for the kids, sports, cooking, exercise and more are some of the positive effects. “It is important to consider different perspectives and not just look at the negative side,” says health expert Dr. Ramke.

From RND / kha / axl / ewo

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