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December 30, 2016

New Years Traditions Around The World

England

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A funny tradition they believe is that the first person to come in their home will bless them with fortune. So, they believe that person should be a male with great gifts like a nice cake and a good bottle of wine. If he doesn’t have nice things, they won’t let him in the house.

Denmark

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An interesting tradition involves everyone saving old dishes and throwing them at their neighbors’ doors at New Years as a symbol of friendship. The neighbor with the most broken dishes at their door obviously has the most friends and the most to cleanup.

China

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The Chinese will paint their front doors red because they believe it will bring good fortune. They also hide all the knives throughout the house. If anyone cuts themselves, they believe that would cut the good luck for the entire family.

Brazil

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One interesting tradition is that they like to sacrifice a boat. They fill it with jewelry and other things like candles and flowers. Then they push it off the beach of Rio de Janeiro to go adrift in the ocean, and that’s where pirates find the booty and have a late Christmas.

Austria

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A suckling pig raised on its mother’s milk and cooked whole is served at the table with peppermint ice creams. That should bring a good year for all at the table.

Germany

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This is on some tarot card reading tip. They pour molten lead into cold water and wait to see what shape comes out of it. The shape tells the future like a heart means someone’s going to get married and the shape of an anchor means someone needs help.

Belgium

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Saint Sylvester Vooravond eve, the Belgium New Year is brought in with gift exchanging. It’s good for fortune for the upcoming year. Children write holiday greetings on decorative paper from the money they saved up to buy it.

United States

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Popping open the champagne and setting off fireworks for New Years sounds like a typical evening. Then, we watch football usually with a pretty big spread. The best tradition of all though is making promises to ourselves that we know we won’t be able to keep.

Japan

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To ward off evil, they ring Temple bells 108 times. They visit the temples and pray for a good harvest in the upcoming year. Then, they decorate their front doors with hand strewn ropes in hopes that it will bring good luck.

France

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As with just about every other country, France’s traditions are centered around hoping for prosperity in the upcoming year. Grand parties are thrown with no other reason than to pop champagne and bring in the New Year right.

Hinduism

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Common traditions include cleaning and decorating their homes. They buy new clothes to go into the New Year and they make sure they visit family so they can exchange gifts. You know, pretty normal and accepted practices. Nothing strange here.

Islam

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They go to the mosque and pray. Then, they reenact scenes from the Battle of Karbala. They wrap it up reciting sad poems that memorialize the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. You know, upbeat stuff.

Sikhism

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Sikhism celebration has many common elements in it like worship, singing, dancing, feasting, and parades. They do fireworks also. But one thing that blows my mind is the martial arts demonstration.

Christianity

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Many Christians attend church service at New Years. Others visit friends and pop champagne. They blast off fireworks and make promises for the New Year.

Buddhism

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Buddhists take the day seriously. They wash down Buddha statues and they pray. Then, they wash their parents’ feet to show respect. They aren’t really into all that “fortune in the future” mumbo jumbo.

Jewish

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The Jews have several traditions that they practice. They take holy baths. They say certain prayers and then, they blow a ram’s horn to show repentance.

Egypt

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The Egyptians wait patiently until they see the new crescent moon. That’s when they get happy and celebrate the joyous occasion. They make an official announcement and then the religious leaders minister to the people.

Greece

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You’ve got to love this tradition of cooking bread and placing a coin deep inside the dough. They offer the first slice to God, the second slice goes to the head of the house, and the third slice is for the house itself. Whoever gets the slice with the coin will be blessed the following year.

Wales

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An interesting ritual exists that at the first toll of the big clock, the back door is opened and then it’s immediately shut to say goodbye to the old year. At the last toll of the clock, they open the door again to welcome in the good of the New Year.

Philippines

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The Philippines have a great one. They think that everything that is circular attracts fortune and obviously, that’s all New Years is about to anyone. So, they eat grapes and carry coins, wear polka dotted clothes and walk in circles (just kidding on that last one).

Spain

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An all day tradition, they eat 12 grapes at the first toll of the clock. Then, they eat 12 grapes every toll after that throughout the day. That should give them a good year, but they have to get through the next day first.

Puerto Rico

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This is a unique one where they clean their homes from top to bottom. Then they throw the water out of the window. This is the real life “out with the old, in with the new.”

The Netherlands

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An awesome tradition they do in the Netherlands concerns the Christmas trees. They keep them until New Years and let them get dry. Then, they light them on fire for a bonfire to purge the old year from their lives while they greet the new.

Chile

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Chile is another really unique one. They put seats at the graveyard. Then, they sit with their dead loved ones and wait patiently for the New Year.

Rome

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It’s a three day celebration. It includes decorating the house and choosing gifts for family. These gifts though, they’re like Gold for prosperity and honey for sweetness.

Mexico

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This is a cool tradition anyone could appreciate. Put on colorful underwear and strut your stuff. The color of underwear is important as red means love and yellow means success.

Ecuador

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This is a strange one. They get together outside of their homes and burn pictures that brought them pain over the last year. That way they can rid themselves of that vibe and move on with the new.

Turkey

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Turkey has a great one. They do community service for others and they raise funds for those less fortunate. Now that’s the way to get good luck if that’s what you’re trying to do.

Bolivia

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The Bolivians have an interesting underwear tradition just like Mexico. They believe yellow underwear brings fortune too. But they believe that if they change their underwear at the strike of midnight, that will change their fortune.

Ireland

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Ireland’s women have a plea of desperation. They place mistletoe under their pillow in hopes that they will land a good husband.

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