Say good riddance to bad memories of 2019 to make room for new memories in 2020
Shred it and forget it at the annual Good Riddance Day event in Times Square, on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. FREE, of course.
Some suggestions of what to bring to shred and forget:
- photos of broken romances,
- turn-down letter from the co-op board or the job you wanted,
- list of the music you loathe,
- notice you’re being sued for divorce or copyright infringement,
- form letter from your bank or mobile phone provider announcing new monthly service fees,
- old report cards with the failing grade in calculus or chemistry,
- the wig you wore while you were in chemotherapy.
Send them to Shred Heaven in an industrial-sized shredder, to be turned into confetti that will rain down on New Year’s Eve revelers a few days later.
Shred it and forget it and move on with your life.
While you are shredding the bad juju from 2019, make your wishes for 2020 part of the confetti that sprinkles celebrants at the world’s largest New Year’s Eve party, in Times Square.
Once again this year, you can add your own wishes, hopes and dreams to the annual virtual Times Square New Year’s Eve Wishing Wall.
Each year, people from around the planet include their wishes for the new year on pieces of official Times Square New Year’s Eve confetti, either digitally or in person.
Whether it’s a personal goal, a dream for the future, or doing something for the very first time, these wishes become part of the more than one ton of confetti that floats down at midnight onto the revelers in Times Square at the stroke of midnight, to celebrate the new year.
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Also, the Good Riddance Day promoters what you want to say good riddance to from this year, either in writing or on video, and you could win a VIP New Year’s Experience in Times Square
Good Riddance Day backstory
Good Riddance Day is inspired by a Latin American tradition in which New Year’s revelers stuffed dolls with objects representing bad memories before setting them on fire.
There’s a similar tradition in Judaism, on the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashonah, in which observant Jews put their sins into a container, such as a paper bag, and send it to disappear on a fast-moving river.
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Evelyn Kanter also is the author of several NYC and Hudson Valley guidebooks, including my latest, 100 Things to Do in NYC Before You Die.