New Year's Traditions
New Year's Traditions In The World
In recent years, many of us have dressed nicely, adjusted and gone to a nice New Year's Eve party, where we met friends, colleagues or family. Some preferred only the family circle and some took to the streets to enjoy the New Year's Eve atmosphere. We were looking forward to an aperitif with cheers and a kiss from those closest to us, which was accompanied by a wish for all the best for the new year: full of success, health and happiness.
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Given the situation that now prevails around the world, there is probably nothing we have been used to doing, but we can welcome the arrival of the new year at least in the circle of our loved family, together with our kids, and we can wish everyone else electronically from a distance via video-call, phone, text messages... Even though the whole time before Christmas and New Year's Eve was and still is marked by the epidemiological situation that prevails around us, let's not spoil our mood! Let's have a look at a few interesting things from the world.
Where Is The Arrival Of The New Year Celebrated First?
In total, the transition of the new year to the world takes 26 hours and is first to be welcomed by the inhabitants of the area closest to the west of the 180th meridian. New Year's celebrations start with the inhabitants of the Pacific islands. Next, people on the Asian continent, then Europeans and Americans can have New Year's cheers. The celebrations end on Baker Island and Howland Island, uninhabited Pacific atolls.
What Interesting New Year Celebrations Are Taking Place In The World?
In Spain, it has been customary for years to put 12 grape berries in your mouth at midnight on New Year's Eve and to express one wish in the spirit of each of them. In Chile, they gather in a cemetery to celebrate with dead relatives. In Ireland, they knock with bread on walls and doors before driving away and scaring away evil spirits. In Puerto Rico, full buckets of water are thrown from a window, in South Africa old furniture. In the Philippines, they have a tradition of being surrounded by round things on New Year's Eve - they are meant to symbolize coins, and therefore wealth. The Danes, on the other hand, throw plates on New Year's Eve and even collect unused or unnecessary dishes for this purpose throughout the year. And in Switzerland, ice cream is thrown on the ground, also for luck. In North Carolina in the USA, the opossums are letting go into a noisy crowd. Peruvians fight with each other to resolve old disputes. And, for example, in Scotland, parades are held, during which the locals have burning balls over their heads. They also have an interesting habit in Germany, where they regularly watch British comedy.
A separate category are the habits associated with the colour of underwear - for example, the Turks believe that their underwear will bring them happiness until the new year. And in some South American countries, the choice of linen is even more sophisticated - each colour symbolizes a different future. With red lingerie, you can expect love in the new year, with gold money and white peace and quiet.
It is probably no surprise that the most dangerous custom comes from Siberia. Russians in some of the Ural parts of the world's largest country jump into frozen lakes for the new year, holding a tree trunk in their hands.
And what traditions and customs do you follow?