New Year's Eve Traditions
What are you doing for New Year's Eve? Want to travel abroad? We are sure you will watch the fireworks and drink champagne as soon as the clock hits 12 o'clock. But would you also participate in the following traditions?
1. New Year's Eve in Spain
The Spaniards eat 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve. One grape at every second on the clock for the first seconds of the year. If you have eaten 12 grapes in 12 seconds, it will bring happiness for every month of the new year.
2. New Year's Eve in Australia
Grab a pan, a spoon, walk across the street, and make as much noise as possible on New Year's Eve. Go into the new year with great fireworks at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
3. New Year's Eve in Scotland
Close the old year as a real Scot? Scots fill barrels with tar, put them on fire, and roll them over the street. The new year is celebrated with the song "Auld Lang Syne" at midnight.
4. New Year's Eve in France
Champagne is a must on New Year's Eve, le réveillon du jour de l’an, as are good wine, oysters, foie gras, and other delicacies. Party with family and friends until the late hours.
5. New Year's Eve in Denmark
Old crockery at home? In Denmark, people throw their crockery against the neighbor's door. The larger the pile, the more friends and the more luck you will have in the new year.
6. New Year's Eve in Russia
Write your wish on a piece of paper, put the paper on fire, throw the leftovers in your glass with champagne, and drink it at exactly 12 o'clock. OK, it probably does not taste good, but just keep thinking about the price you can win with the New Year's Millionaire Raffle.
7. New Year's Eve in Hungary
Do not say "no" if you are offered a bottle of champagne in Hungary and be prepared to receive lots of kisses. At 12 o'clock everyone sings along with the national anthem.
8. New Year's Eve in Italy
Party until the late hours at the New Year's Eve Ball Capo di Capo and stay awake to witness the first sunrise of the new year. Felice Anno Nuovo!
9. New Year's Eve in China
Celebrate the new year, during the Chinese New Year in February. This Chinese holiday is their most important celebration of the year. It usually lasts 16 days. In 2019, the celebration starts on February 4th and ends on February 19th.
10. New Year's Eve in Germany
Bleigießen in Germany means pouring hot lead into a pot of water. The lead gets a shape from which your can read your future.
Other New Year's Eve traditions:
- Eat pie filled with meat in the United Kingdom and celebrate 2019 as a real Brit.
- Saint Basil is the feast of the Greeks. Children put their shoes by the fireplace and hope that Saint Basil will fill their shoes with gifts.
- Eat a carp in Poland and keep the scales in your wallet. You're going to have a financially good year!
Happy New Year!