29/12/2016 8:28 AM AEDT | Updated 29/12/2016 11:35 AM AEDT

New Yorkers Are Shredding And Smashing Bad Memories On Good Riddance Day

Shredding up 2016, one horrible memory at a time.

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If you're still getting to grips with the crazy events of 2016, then this tradition from New York City is for you: Good Riddance Day. At the tenth annual event, New Yorkers are heading to Times Square to write down the one thing they want to say 'good riddance' to and then shredding it.

Good Riddance day is based on a Latin American tradition where people end the year by stuffing bad memories into dolls and setting them on fire.

Organisers invited the public "to join Shred-it in destroying any unpleasant, embarrassing and downright unwanted memories from 2016 to pave the way for new memories in 2017". There was no fire in Time Square but people could smash something physical with a sledgehammer. Phones and laptops were a popular choice.

People shared bad memories from the personal to the political. One man said goodbye to "tiny thumbs on twitter" while another woman binned her wig she wore while undergoing treatment for cancer.

New York City seems to be quite fond of public therapy, with the post-it wall appearing in the liberal city after the election of Donald Trump as president.


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