Try One of These New Year's Traditions From Around The World!
December 31, 20183 min read
How Do YOU Celebrate The New Year?
Rich and I have been fortunate enough to spend the new year in some fun locations. One year we spent it in Hong Kong celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday. Another year we were in Athens celebrating with our good friend and her family.
Other years it has been more mellow. For about 10 years we lived on a street where all the neighbors got together for a street party. Last year, for instance, we stayed home and made paella.
Thinking of all of the amazing places and people we have spent the new year with, got me thinking about how people around the world celebrate the new year. Some of the traditions are pretty interesting.
Find out for yourself how people around the world celebrate the new year by reading below.
You just might find yourself inspired to take on one or more of the new year's traditions listed below from around the world and end up spending New Year's Eve cleaning the house with your family...
What Are The Holiday Traditions in Other Countries?
Spaniards eat 12 grapes at midnight to bring them good luck in the coming year.
The British believe in order for good fortune to be had in the upcoming year, the first guest to enter through the front door should be a young, dark-headed male bearing gifts such as bread (to be full), salt (to be wealthy) and coal (to stay warm).
In Scotland, New Year's is celebrated with several different customs. Such as First-Footing, which involves friends or family members going to each other's houses with a gift of whiskey and sometimes a lump of coal.
As a sign of friendship, people save their old dishes in order to break them on each other’s front doors. Residents will allow these broken dishes to pile up in order to show who has the most friends.
Traditionally, there is first a feast, commonly consisting of stuffed, roast turkey with potatoes, sprouts, gravy, and Waldorf salad. The accompanying beverage is traditional beer (commonly either Christmas beer or lager beer). Dessert will often be vanilla pudding or rice cream, and there will be cakes and coffee later in the evening; commonly accompanied by a glass of cognac. At midnight people tend to go outside to send up fireworks.
Oshogatsu (the Japanese word for New Year’s) is celebrated with family, which both cleans and decorates the entire house together. Then natural decorations such as pine branches, plum blossoms, and bamboo play a special role in preparing for the New Year celebration.
New Year's Eve in Greece has many traditions. During the day, children sing the New Year's carols to be given money or treats. Then, it is time to have a family lunch or dinner. In the evening, people cook a pie named King's pie, which is a cake flavored with almonds. Following tradition, they put a coin wrapped in aluminum foil inside the pie. The person that gets the wrapped coin is the lucky person of the day and he is also blessed for the rest of the year.