So we are all set to welcome the new year, 2015, with open arms and open hearts. We are sure that as annoying is might sound otherwise, all the shouting, the hooting, the shrieking sounds amazing on New Year’s eve and only adds to the happy mood. Sure the holiday season does bring a lot of festivity and spice and happiness to your life and everyone else’s around you, but people don’t get together in ginormous crowds to say Happy Easter loudly now do they? So we can related this particular activity only to New Year’s eve and we can call it the tradition, sort of, for welcoming the new year while we simultaneously push the old year out the back door like a stray cat. How do you welcome the new year? We are sure that it must at least include some form of cheering, parading, riding or something right? Well if you already have a plan set then that is more than perfect but in case you haven’t, we have you covered. We welcome you to the list of top ten New Year celebration traditions from around the world so please stay tuned.
10. South Africa : New Year Celebration Traditions
The first and the foremost place whose new year tradition we are going to bring to you on our list of top ten New Year celebration traditions from around the world, is South Africa. Well, after you read how they welcome New Year, you will start believing, just like us, that maybe they start their resolutions list like 5 months prior to the time when it is actually needed. What they do over there is that as soon as the minute of the New Year sets in, everyone throws their old appliances stuff out the window to be done with. How absolutely cool is that because that is like getting ready for a very literal brand NEW year!
Moving on and keeping up with new year traditions from around the world, we are now taking you to England next on our list of top ten New Year celebration traditions from around the world. So we all know how welcoming and absolutely filled with warmth the English are and how adorable they look when they speak right? Well did you guys know that the English are big believers of the fact that the first guest in their door (front door to be exact) will bring all the luck that they need for the new year and not to mention, fortune. To ensure that all is good for them in the next and brand new year, there are a certain conditions that the first guest needs to meet otherwise he wont be allowed inside. And yes, the guest is supposed to be a male since that is one of the conditions. He also needs to come with a bunch of traditional gifts like a loaf of bread for the kitchen, a drink for the head of the family and coal to light the fire in the said household, otherwise, please come some other day! We are wondering whether everyone in England plans who visits them as the first guest or do they just leave it to chance and keep refusing guests till the right one comes along eh?
So in Colombia people, in the hope of a year filled with travel, will carry around empty suitcases around the block. So now this is one of those weird new year’s traditions from around the world, one that you can actually try if you are the sort of person who has wanted to travel but hasn’t yet been able too, they can try this out and maybe it will work.
So next up on list of top ten New Year celebration traditions from around the world is what the Filipino’s think they should do on New Year’s eve to make sure that they have a year filled with luck. In opposition to what the South Africans believe, the Filipino’s actually think that if you toss anything out of the house on New Year’s day, even if it is a ragged duster or a broom, you will keep on losing things the whole year round! So keep everything inside and safe!
Next up on our list of top ten New Year celebration traditions from around the world is a strange tradition from Japan. So what they do is, determine what the zodiac animal of the new year will be, then wear those animal masks and head on to the local temple to hear the bell chime for 108 times, a number that is considered sacred.
The people in Chile like to celebrate the New Year with their dead. Although some might find this tradition to be a little strange, we actually think that it is really compassionate of them since the dead loved ones can now have a way of being with their family!
Next up on list of top ten New Year celebration traditions from around the world, we take you to Spain. In Spain people wait impatiently for the clock to strike twelve and even more impatiently for the twelve chimes. They wait with a bunch of twelve grapes so that they could promptly eat one with every chime. One grape with one chime will bring luck for exactly one month. Rest of the Math’s you all can do.
The people in Estonia try to eat at least seven meals on New Year’s day to ensure that they have ample food in the coming New Year. That is also one of the traditions you can try out and see for yourself whether or not it works.
Next up on our list of top ten New Year celebration traditions from around the world, we tell you about Venice where there is a huge display of fireworks and also, mass kissing! How wonderful is that?
Last but not the least, we take you to Siberia. They practice the custom of cutting a hole in an iced up lake and planting a tree under the water.