10 Things To Look Forward To In 2021


Anshrutha Shrinivas

For most of us, 2020 wasn’t exactly the best year of our lives. So, with the turn of 2021, many new things are on the horizon, and here are 10 things to (hopefully) bring some light into a new year. 

  1. Tokyo Olympics 

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed a year due to the COVID pandemic, but now the summer Olympics are due to start on July 23 and end on August 8th. The host city is Tokyo, and most of the events will be staged in the city, however, some sports will be held in other Japanese cities. Due to coronavirus, the organizers are giving an Olympics that will be different from previous ones, but they are still working out key details. 

  1. Mars Perseverance Rover

The perseverance rover landed on Mars on February 18th, and it’ll have a company with the other rovers in the Mars Exploration Program. This brings us one step closer to maybe being on Mars ourselves. Click here to learn more about the Mars Perseverance Rover. 

  1. Super Total Lunar Eclipse 

On May 26th, North America will see the super total lunar eclipse once again, with its last sighting being in 2019. This will be the biggest and brightest full moon of 2021. This is a very special full moon.

  1. 50th anniversary of Disney World

Disney World will turn 50 on October 1st, 2021, as its original opening was on October 1, 1971.  The celebration will run for 18 months, and Disney’s even given it its own name, EARidescence, to describe the occasion. This celebration will spread out to all 4 parks. Click here to know more.

  1. Queen of England turns 95 

The Queen of England turns 95 on April 21. This engraves her in history, as she is the first British monarch to reach that age. The UK Royal Mint unveiled 5 commemorative coins just for the occasion. The coin is engraved with the royal cipher, and famous words from the Queen’s iconic Christmas television broadcast, which was the first to be televised.

  1. 5. Friends reunion 

The Friends cast is set to film its reunion episode during March (AKA, around right now), and the special will be put up on HBO Max once done. The timeline does, however, put the special a year behind its originally intended debut date, and then the pandemic had delayed that further. It did receive a formal green light this February and should be underway to be filmed. 

  1. Black Widow will be released on May 

The much-anticipated Black Widow is set to release in theaters on May 7th in the U.S. It was originally set to release on May 1, 2020, but was delayed. The movie is directed by Cate Shortland. Black Widow will be the first movie to be set into effect in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

  1. World Expo 2021 

The next World Expo (another thing pushed back due to the pandemic) will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It takes place between October 1, 2021, and goes through until March 31, 2022. It’s an event encouraging creation, collaboration, and innovation. 

  1. European Union’s ban on single-use plastic items will go into effect 

Due to its concerns about plastic pollution in the oceans, the European Union decided to ban 10 single-use plastics. EU countries can also choose their own methods to reduce other single-use plastics through recycling.

  1. Eta Aquarids Meteor 

The Eta Aquarids Meteor will occur on the night between May 5 and 6. This point from which this meteor shower seems to come is in the Aquarius constellation. It is one of the two meteor showers created by the debris of Halley’s Comet. All you need to see the meteor shower is a clear sky and a lot of patience!