How do people around the world celebrate New Year’s Day? When it comes to celebrating the New Year it seems that everyone has their own particular way of doing things. Some people throw bread, others burn scarecrows, and still others have fist fights for good luck. These are the 12 most interesting New Year’s traditions from around the world:
1. Spain – 12 grapes
In Spain, as midnight strikes, it is customary to quickly eat twelve grapes, one at each strike of the clock. These are supposed to bring luck.
2. Denmark – Breaking Dishes
The Danish collect dishes all the year around and throw them at the front door on the New Year’s Eve – the more the broken plates, the more friends one shall have in the New Year.
3. Philippines – Round Things
They believe that every round thing is auspicious. So they consume grapes, keep coins, wear polkas dotted dresses, among other things. They have faith that circular things attract more fortune and money.
4. United States – Kissing
They believe kissing during midnight as the year approaches, is an auspicious gesture that purifies everything that is evil. (Or it’s a good excuse to pucker up and kiss your crush 😉 )
5. Japan – 108 Rings
Japanese New Year or Oshogatsu is meant for celebrations with family. Before the clock strikes 12, they ring 108 bells to show that the all 108 troubles have been eliminated.
6. Romania – Coin Tossing
In Romania, they throw their spare coins into the river for good luck.
7. Switzerland – Dropping Ice cream
In Switzerland, they celebrate the New Year by dropping ice cream on the floor.
8. Puerto Rico – Water Buckets
In some parts of Puerto Rico. Pails of water are thrown out the windowto drive away evil spirits.
9. Colombia – Suitcases
In Colombia, they carry their suitcases around with them all day in hopes of having a travel filled year.
10. Thailand – Talc Smearing
Besides throwing buckets of water on each other in Thailand they also go around smearing each other with gray talc.
11. Russia, Siberia – Frozen Trunks
Just as you might expect, in Siberia they jump into frozen lakes carrying tree trunks.
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