Updated: Jan 12
Just before the end of 2020 I saw a story on "Good Riddance Day." Who knew this was a thing right? It began as a Latin American tradition where people stuffed dolls with bad memories and set them on fire.
It is held yearly on December 28th in Times Square, NYC, and people shred & toss memories of the current year to start the new year fresh. 2021 was the 14th annual event, and boy did people have a lot they wanted to leave behind from 2020!
Here are some of the most popular things people wanted to say "Good Riddance" to:
65% political/election conversations
62% the toilet paper crisis
41% remote schooling
And of course, COVID.
A socially distanced version of the event was held for 2020 with a few selections read out loud in Times Square. Due to covid, the event was mostly virtual this time around. You can search the hashtag #GoodRiddanceDay to see more of the things people wanted to leave behind from 2020.
What do you want to leave in the rearview mirror from 2020? We'd love to hear! Tag @thecitypulse and share what you are saying "Good Riddance" to. I hope to attend this in person next year. Maybe some of you will join me.
Photo courtesy of the Times Square website.