New Year is around the corner. How would you like to celebrate the arrival of the New Year? Just in the same way at the beginning of 2018 or in a different and more interesting way in 2019. For this reason, we are sharing with you some pretty exciting New Year’s traditions which are followed in different parts of the world.Spain
It is customary for Spaniards to eat 12 grapes, one for each stroke of midnight on the eve of the New Year. Each grape represents good luck for every month of the coming year. In bigger cities like Barcelona and Madrid, people gather in main squares for eating their grapes together and drinking cava.
In hope of traveling in the New Year, people in Colombia carry empty suitcases around the block.
Danish people welcome the New Year by throwing old plates and glasses against the doors of their friends and family for banishing bad spirits. They also stand on chairs and jump off of them at the same time at midnight for leaping into January in hopes of good luck.
The people of Finland predict the coming year by casting molten tin into a container filled with water and then interpret the shape acquired by the metal after it gets hardened. A ring or heart symbolizes a wedding, while a ship predicts travel and a pig means there will be plenty of food.
To ward off evil spirits for a fresh start of the New Year, residents of Panama burn effigies (muñecos) of well-known people like political figures and television characters. Such effigies symbolize the old year.
In Scotland, New Year’s Eve and celebrations associated with it are called Hogmanay. To celebrate Hogmanay, people practice “first footing” across the country. The first person who crosses a home’s threshold in the New Year has to carry a gift for luck. People also hold bonfire ceremonies where they parade while swinging giant fireballs on poles, which are symbols of the sun, for purifying the coming year.
We hope these New Year traditions from the around the world will inspire you to celebrate the arrival of 2019 in a new and exciting way.
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