New Year Traditions

happy new year

Greetings everyone!  Hope your Holidays have been great so far and that you have a Happy New Year.  But how will you ring in the new year?  Well I plan on watching massive amounts of football but in other places everything from doughnuts to underwear (yes, I said underwear) are important parts of the festivities.  Here are a few ways people around the world celebrate.

  • In Denmark people climb on top of chairs and literally “jump” into the New Year to bring good luck.
  • In Bolivia coins are baked into sweets and whoever finds the coins has good luck for the next year.
  • In Wales if the first visitor in the New Year is a woman and a man opens the door it’s considered bad luck. In addition, if the first man to cross the threshold in the New Year is a red head, that is also bad luck.
  • In some South American countries wearing colored underwear will determine your fate for the new year. Red underwear means you’ll find love. Gold means wealth, and white signifies peace.
  • Jews who observe Rosh Hashanah make time for personal introspection and prayer, as well as visiting graves.
  • In the Philippines it’s all about the cash. They believe that everything should be round so as to represent coins and bring wealth. Round food, round clothes, as long as it’s round.
  • Italians let their church bells peal, the Swiss beat drums, and the North Americans sound sirens and party horns to bid the old year farewell.
  • Eating any ring-shaped treat (such as a doughnut) symbolize “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune. In Dutch homes, fritters called olie bollen are served.
  • The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight comes from Spain.
  • In India and Pakistan, rice promises prosperity.
  • In Swiss homes, dollops of whipped cream, symbolizing the richness of the year to come, are dropped on the floors (and allowed to remain there!)

How do you celebrate the New Year?  Let me know in the comments and no matter what tradition you have make sure to be safe.  See you next year!

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