Grape-eating furniture throwing and other weird ways the world celebrates New Year. When it comes to New Year celebration, people have some of the strangest New Year’s traditions. Some people throw bread, others burn scarecrows, and still others fist fight for good luck.
So let’s take a look at some New Year’s tradition from around the globe!
- Broken Plates (Denmark): In Denmark, they save all of their unused dishes and plates until the 31st of December when they affectionately shatter them against the doors of all their friends and family.
- Eating 12 Grapes (Spain): In Spain, New Year’s Eve is all about good timing. When the clock strikes midnight, Spaniards try to eat a grape in time with each chime. Those who don’t manage to cram the right number of grapes at the right time face the threat of bad luck for the following year. Be warned, it’s not as easy as it sounds! Many people practice beforehand to increase their chances of beating the clock.
- Sweet Coins (Bolivia): In Bolivia coins are baked into sweets and whoever finds the coins has good luck for the next year.
- Suitcases (Latin America): Are you yearning to travel? If you are, and you happen to be in many of Latin American countries on New Year’s Eve, then grab a suitcase and walk around the block at the stroke of midnight. They believe that doing so will bring travel and adventure in the coming year. There’s no need to pack; an empty suitcase will do.
- Great Balls of fire (Scotland): In Stonehaven, Scotland, it is a custom to parade through the streets on NYE while swinging blazing balls of fire around. The tradition is part of Scotland’s Hogmanay Celebration
- Gambling (Greece): Greeks are addicted to gambling on New Year’s Eve. Whether at home or in the casino, card and dice games are played in the hope that happiness will shine on the winners throughout the New Year.
- Brave (Japan) If you want to secure yourself some good luck for the New Year in Japan, you’re going to have to let yourself in for something dangerous. Japanese try to polish off a round snack called Mochi to guarantee a long and happy life. In the past, the custom has been known to lead to people choking to death – we’re not sure if it’s worth the hassle, to be honest…
- 108 Rings (Japan): In Japan, they ring all of their bells 108 times in alignment with the Buddhist belief that this brings cleanness. It’s also considered good to be smiling going into the New Year as it supposedly brings good luck.
- Takanakuy Festival (Peru): Every year at the end of December people in this small Peruvian village fist fight to settle their differences. They then start the year off with a clean slate.
- Water Buckets (Puerto Rico & Cuba): In Puerto Rico and Cuba, they throw pails of water out of their windows to drive away evil spirits, so, get out of the way or you will be very wet!
- Metal Casters (Finland): In Finland people predict the coming year by casting molten tin into a bucket of water and interpreting the resulting shape.
- Cemetery Sleepover (Chile): In Chile, families spend the night in the company of their deceased loved ones by sleeping at the cemetery.
- Women Compete in Games of Skill (Belarus): For the single ladies of Belarus, New Year’s Eve is all about getting hitched. Ladies compete in games of skill to see who will be the next lucky bride-to-be, one of which involves placing piles of corn in front of each woman and releasing a rooster to walk among them. Whoever the rooster approaches first will be the next betrothed. In another game, the ladies are placed between two mirrors. When the mirrors are in the right position, Belarusians believe that the ladies will see the face of Mr. Right.
There you have it!
INTO TEMPTATION 2018 – CANCUN, MX
MAY 24TH – 28TH, 2018
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