People all over the world have the same feeling: we need to do something to mark New Year’s Eve. So we invent traditions, and some of them are widely followed in certain countries. If you decide to celebrate New Year’s abroad, don’t be surprised when you see locals doing strange things. Just follow their lead and maybe bring home a new tradition for next year!
People watch two Soviet movies – ‘The Irony of Fate’ and ‘The Carnival Night’ – and cook Olivier salad.
Bells toll 108 times. Each toll is for one of the 6 basic sins. Since each sin has 18 gradations, we get 108 tolls.
People pour water over everyone they meet, even if they don’t know each other.
People ring in the new year by getting rid of old and useless things.
Giving a present of glass or china pigs (often money-boxes) symbolize bringing in wealth in the upcoming year.
A young man puts on a bear costume and dances to scare away the bad fairy.
Everyone celebrates by throwing unnecessary papers and journals out of their windows.
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Burn effigies called muñecos that symbolize the old year.
Throw molten tin into a glass of water and interpret its form to see what the new year will bring.
Yellow pants will bring you luck in the New Year.
Eat seven times on New Year’s Day to be rich and satisfied.
Throw dishes against the front doors of your friends. If you see many broken dishes in the morning, it means that you have many friends.
Take your empty bag and walk around your block to have many trips in the New Year.
Put on pink underwear to attract love.
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Eat 12 grapes, one for every strike of clock.
A head of the family must smash a pomegranate in his yard.
Bathe in the river or lake to be successful.
Clock strikes just 11 times instead of common 12, because everyone should have a rest.
Houses are decorated with mistletoe branches.
People present each other with handmade candles that symbolize light.
If you know some more cool traditions that are followed in other countries, tell us about them below.