Good Riddance Day
Time Out says
Rid yourself of 2020’s baggage at the 14th annual Good Riddance Day, inspired by the Latin American tradition of burning dolls that represent issues from the year before. Bring the things you want to forget to Times Square—the Times Square Alliance will provide shredders, dumpsters and sledgehammers. New this year, Planet Fitness is bringing in a larger-than-life piñata for participants to destroy.
On Monday, December 28, at noon, the annual event will be livestreamed on the Times Square Alliance Facebook page for those who want to watch from afar.
Planet Fitness, which did a study this year, found that that the majority (88 percent) of Americans have at least one thing from 2020 that they want to say “good riddance” to in the New Year. Among them, nearly two in three (65 percent) want to say goodbye to political or election-related conversations, while 62 percent are eager to forget about the toilet paper crisis of 2020. Meanwhile, two in five (41 percent) of parents want to say “good riddance” to remote schooling in the New Year while younger generations – including Generation Z (30 percent) and Millennials (28 percent)—are more likely than older generations, including Generation X (19 percent) and Baby Boomers (13 percent)—to want to leave video chats behind for good.