8 New Year Traditions Around The World That Will Make You Say Cheers

Happy New Year

New Year, a day signifying new start of life where you could leave all the bad behind and lead your life in the right direction to achieve your goals and turn your unfulfilled dreams into reality. We are accustomed to welcoming the first day of the year with a countdown, party, food and gifts but there are traditions in the world which invite the new year in their own unique way. The rituals may sound strange to an outsider but for the natives, they welcome blessing and prosperity while stepping into the fresh beginning of the lunar calendar. Let's have a look what goes around the world on the change of the calendar:


1. Spain

Spain welcomes new year by having 12 grapes, one at each stroke of the clock at midnight on New Year's Eve. 12 grapes represent 12 months of good luck in the coming year. Now that is a healthy and delicious way of wishing good luck on New Year.

12 Grapes

2. Denmark

It may sound weird but people of Denmark actually throw old crockeries and cutleries against the front door of loved ones to ward off bad omens and evil spirits and that's not it. They also leap down from chairs together signifying the jump in January for good luck.

Broken Crockery

3. Finland

Now, this one is interesting! People pour molten tin into the water and depending on what shape it takes after hardening, they predict the new year outcomes. A ring or heart is interpreted as a wedding while a pig shape declares an abundance of food for the family.

Hardened Tin

4. Panama

The effigies of public figures like politicians and actors are burned to drive off evil spirits on the new year. The effigies are called as muñecos in the country and represent the past year somehow.

Burning Effigies

5. Scotland

The New Year's Eve celebration of Hogmanay in Spain is practised with a ritual known as “first footing” in the country. The first person who crosses a threshold of a home in the New Year should carry a gift for luck. People also hold bonfires and parades with swinging giant fireballs on poles symbolising the sun, to purify the coming year.

First Footing

6. Philippines

The New Year's Eve celebration of Hogmanay in Spain is practised with a ritual known as “first footing” in the country. The first person who crosses a threshold of a home in the New Year should carry a gift for luck. People also hold bonfires and parades with swinging giant fireballs on poles symbolising the sun, to purify the coming year.

Table of Fruits

7. Greece

Greeks welcome New Year by hanging onions on the front door as a symbol of rebirth in the New Year. Children are tapped with oninons on their heads to wake up in the morning by their parents.

Onions at the Door

8. Brazil

People of Brazil don new underwear to step into a new year. Red is the most popular colour to wear as it symbolises love and the other popular shade is yellow which in the country signifies money.

Red and Yellow Underwear Brazil
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