Maria Florencia, originally from Argentina, got rid of the bad vibes of 2022 by tearing up colored cardboard, throwing it in the trash and killing problems in a Good Riddance Day ritual.
Or what is it, a day to liberate yourself and get rid of all the bad things of the year that is coming to an end.
Florencia explained, “The bad vibes that are happening in our country, the dollar is too high and for those of us who have children, grandchildren, it is very difficult to embrace and it is something that hurts.”
Mariana Mikolta also attended the traditional event.
“It’s been a good year for me and 23rd is going to be even better,” said Mikolta.
-And who will you get rid of?
“Hatred, Resentment and Guilt”.
The symbolic ceremony, organized for 16 years by the Times Square Alliance, is a chance for New Yorkers and tourists alike to leave behind unpleasant memories of the old year by either burning or crumbling to pieces.
“Full speed to 2023 Today we’re celebrating #GoodridanceDay in Times Square! Thank you to our friends at @Netspend for helping us cross the finish line,” the Alliance wrote in a social media post.
Full speed ahead in 2023 Today we celebrate #goodridanceday In Times Square! thanks to our friends @Netspend To help us cross the finish line #times Square #NYC #nycevents #goodbye2022 pic.twitter.com/UssKsge7WL
— Times Square (@TimesSquareNYC) December 28, 2022
And though this year the bad vibes, bad times and negativity of 2022 didn’t burn, but all that was thrown away to make 2023 clean.
Hundreds of people read their problems, got free and got them out with one precise stroke. He then goes around an obstacle course and reaches the finish line of 2023, where he receives an envelope with $30 in it.
José Alejandro Rodríguez said, “I was losing my sight, they put me out of work without any benefit and nothing, I came to throw bad luck.”
Even the ‘Naked Cowboys’ participated in the event.
“You take your problem objectively, you write it down on paper and when you get rid of it, it is like a heavy anchor from which you free yourself, to achieve success, It’s a very good technique to get out of problems,” said Naked Cowboy.