Año con año, miles de personas se reúnen en Times Square en New York para ver cómo se enciende la tradicional bola de cristal que simboliza la esperanza de un nuevo ciclo, y en esta ocasión, 288 piezas triangulares nuevas se unieron a las más de dos mil que conforman la bola de Año Nuevo. El mensaje que este año llevan tallados los cristales es sencillo y hermoso: "Que haya paz" ("Let There Be Peace").

Luego de cuatro décadas de encabezar la ceremonia de Año Nuevo en este lugar, el fallecido conductor Dick Clarke no estará presente en esta ocasión, y a manera de homenaje, una de las piezas de cristal de esta enorme esfera lleva su nombre grabado.

La primera ocasión en que se iluminó la "Times Square Ball" fue el 31 de diciembre de 1907, y desde entonces, esta tradición ha perdurado --los únicos años en que no se encendió la esfera de cristal fueron 1942 y 1943, debido a la guerra.

El diseño original de la bola ha evolucinado con los años y la tecnología --el diseño original usaba 100 bulbos de luz incandescente, mientras que hoy día emplea un sistema de iluminación LED, que economiza energía eléctrica.

La esfera de Año Nuevo de Times Square mide 12 pies de diámetro y pesa 11,875 libras. Esta bola de cristal es capaz de crear una paleta de más de 16 millones de colores vibrantes, y billones de patrones, creando un espectacular efecto de caleidoscopio.

A unos días de la ceremonia de fin de año la esfera ya está lista para la fiesta. El evento podrá ser observado en vivo por millones de personas, a través de la televisión así como del webcast en el sitio TimesSquareBall.net, que comenzará a las 6:00 pm del próximo lunes 31 de diciembre.

¿QUÉ OPINAS DE LA TRADICIÓN? ¿IRÁS A TIMES SQUARE PARA VER EL ENCENDIDO DE LA ESFERA?

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  • Workers Install Bulbs On Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Workers install new Waterford Crystal triangles on the Times Square New Years Eve Ball at a media event on December 27, 2012 in New York City. The ball will once again descend a 141-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2013. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Workers Install Bulbs On Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Kari Clark, wife of deceased longtime New Year's Eve host Dick Clark, poses while helping install new Waterford Crystal triangles for the Times Square New Years Eve Ball at a media event on December 27, 2012 in New York City. The ball will once again descend a 141-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2013. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Workers Install Bulbs On Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Workers stand with new Waterford Crystal triangles on the Times Square New Years Eve Ball at a media event on December 27, 2012 in New York City. The ball will once again descend a 141-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2013. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Workers Install Bulbs On Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Kari Clark, wife of deceased longtime New Year's Eve host Dick Clark, poses while helping install new Waterford Crystal triangles for the Times Square New Years Eve Ball at a media event on December 27, 2012 in New York City. The ball will once again descend a 141-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2013. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Workers Install Bulbs On Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Workers install new Waterford Crystal triangles on the Times Square New Years Eve Ball at a media event on December 27, 2012 in New York City. The ball will once again descend a 141-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2013. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Workers Install Bulbs On Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Workers install new Waterford Crystal triangles on the Times Square New Years Eve Ball at a media event on December 27, 2012 in New York City. The ball will once again descend a 141-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2013. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Workers Install Bulbs On Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Workers install new Waterford Crystal triangles on the Times Square New Years Eve Ball at a media event on December 27, 2012 in New York City. The ball will once again descend a 141-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2013. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Workers Install Bulbs On Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Kari Clark, wife of deceased longtime New Year's Eve host Dick Clark, smiles before helping install new Waterford Crystal triangles for the Times Square New Years Eve Ball at a media event on December 27, 2012 in New York City. The ball will once again descend a 141-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2013. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • The Waterford crystal ball that will drop in New York's Times Square to usher in 2013 is previewed on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. The ball will have 288 new crystal panels with doves chiseled into them to mark the theme "Let There Be Peace." (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)

  • A lighted Times Square new year's eve ball is raised into position until the next new year celebration, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Just days ago, New York City officials cheered the arrival of the city’s 50 millionth visitor of the year and hope to draw just as many tourists and then some in the coming 12 months. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

  • The Times Square new year's eve ball sits in position Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, until the next new year celebration. Just days ago, New York City officials cheered the arrival of the city’s 50 millionth visitor of the year and hope to draw just as many tourists and then some in the coming 12 months. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

  • A lighted Times Square new year's eve ball is raised into position until the next new year celebration, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Just days ago, New York City officials cheered the arrival of the city’s 50 millionth visitor of the year and hope to draw just as many tourists and then some in the coming 12 months. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

  • Lady Gaga, Michael Bloomberg

    Lady Gaga and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg appear on stage to start the ball drop during the New Year's Eve celebration, in New York, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. Hundreds of thousands gathered at the crossroads of the world to witness a crystal ball with more than 30,000 lights that descended at midnight. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga appears on stage to start the ball drop in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration, in New York, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. Hundreds of thousands gathered at the crossroads of the world to witness a crystal ball with more than 30,000 lights that descended at midnight. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga appears on stage to start the ball drop in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration, in New York, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. Hundreds of thousands gathered at the crossroads of the world to witness a crystal ball with more than 30,000 lights that descended at midnight. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga appears on stage to start the ball drop in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

  • New York Tests Times Square Ball Ahead of New Year's Eve

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 30: The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball is tested the day before New Year's Eve on December 30, 2011 in New York City. The 11,875-pound Waterford crystal ball will descend a 130-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2012. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • New York Tests Times Square Ball Ahead of New Year's Eve

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 30: The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball is tested the day before New Year's Eve on December 30, 2011 in New York City. The 11,875-pound Waterford crystal ball will descend a 130-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2012. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Installation Of 288 New Waterford Crystal Triangles On The 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Workers attach 288 new Waterford Crystal Triangles on the 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square on December 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • Installation Of 288 New Waterford Crystal Triangles On The 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Workers attach 288 new Waterford Crystal Triangles on the 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square on December 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • Installation Of 288 New Waterford Crystal Triangles On The 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Workers attach 288 new Waterford Crystal Triangles on the 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square on December 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • Installation Of 288 New Waterford Crystal Triangles On The 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A closeup detail of the new Waterford Crystal Triangles that will be attached to the 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square is seen on December 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • Workers install new Waterford Crystal tr

    Workers install new Waterford Crystal triangles featuring this year's 'Let There Be Friendship' design on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball December 27, 2011 in New York. The triangles are custom-designed to withstand the stresses of high winds, precipitation and temperature fluctuation 470 feet (143 meters) above Times Square. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Installation Of 288 New Waterford Crystal Triangles On The 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Workers attach 288 new Waterford Crystal Triangles on the 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square on December 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • Installation Of 288 New Waterford Crystal Triangles On The 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Workers attach 288 new Waterford Crystal Triangles on the 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square on December 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • Installation Of 288 New Waterford Crystal Triangles On The 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A closeup detail of the new Waterford Crystal Triangles that will be attached to the 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square is seen on December 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • Installation Of 288 New Waterford Crystal Triangles On The 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Workers attach 288 new Waterford Crystal Triangles on the 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square on December 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • Installation Of 288 New Waterford Crystal Triangles On The 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Workers attach 288 new Waterford Crystal Triangles on the 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square on December 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Ente

    Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, talks about the new Waterford Crystal triangles featuring this year's 'Let There Be Friendship' design on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball December 27, 2011 in New York. The triangles are custom-designed to withstand the stresses of high winds, precipitation and temperature fluctuation 470 feet (143 meters) above Times Square. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Jeff Straus(R) President of Countdown En

    Jeff Straus(R) President of Countdown Entertainment, talks about the new Waterford Crystal triangles featuring this year's 'Let There Be Friendship' design on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball December 27, 2011 in New York. The triangles are custom-designed to withstand the stresses of high winds, precipitation and temperature fluctuation 470 feet (143 meters) above Times Square. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Jeff Straus (R) President of Countdown E

    Jeff Straus (R) President of Countdown Entertainment, talks about the new Waterford Crystal triangles featuring this year's 'Let There Be Friendship' design on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball December 27, 2011 in New York. The triangles are custom-designed to withstand the stresses of high winds, precipitation and temperature fluctuation 470 feet (143 meters) above Times Square. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Ente

    Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, talks about the new Waterford Crystal triangles featuring this year's 'Let There Be Friendship' design on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball December 27, 2011 in New York. The triangles are custom-designed to withstand the stresses of high winds, precipitation and temperature fluctuation 470 feet (143 meters) above Times Square. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Installation Of 288 New Waterford Crystal Triangles On The 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A closeup detail of the new Waterford Crystal Triangles that will be attached to the 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square is seen on December 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • Installation Of 288 New Waterford Crystal Triangles On The 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A closeup detail of the new Waterford Crystal Triangles that will be attached to the 2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square is seen on December 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)