7 Surprising New Year's Traditions from Around the World

December 31, 2018

7 Surprising New Year's Traditions from Around the World

How Does The World Ring In The New Year?

Rich and I have been fortunate enough to spend the new year in some fun locations. One year we found ourselves in Hong Kong celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday. Another year we traveled to Athens to celebrate with one of our dearest friends, Julia, and her family.

Julia nd her Mom Athens

Other years it has been more mellow. For about 10 years we lived on a street where all of the neighbors got together for a street party and last year we snuggled up, stayed home and made paella. It was one of the best celebrations yet. 

But how does the world ring the in the year? Let's find out. 

What are the holiday traditions in other countries?

  • Spain
    • Spaniards eat 12 grapes at midnight to bring them good luck in the coming year.
  •  Britain
    • The British believe in order for good fortune to be had in the upcoming year, the first guest that comes through the door needs to be a young, dark-headed male who is bearing gifts: like bread (to be full), salt (to be wealthy) and coal (to stay warm).
  • Scotland
    • In Scotland, the new year is celebrated with several different customs. For instance, First-Footing, involves friends or family members going to each other's houses with a gift of whisky and sometimes a lump of coal.
  • Denmark
    • As a sign of friendship, people save their old dishes in order to break them on each other’s front doors. Residents will allow these broken dishes to pile up in order to show who has the most friends. Can you imagine clean up? 
  • Norway
    • Traditionally, there is first a feast, commonly consisting of stuffed, roast turkey with potatoes, sprouts, gravy and Waldorf salad. The accompanying beverage is traditionally beer (commonly either Christmas beer or lager beer). Dessert will often be vanilla pudding or rice cream, and there will be cakes and coffee later in the evening - commonly accompanied by a glass of cognac. At midnight people tend to go outside to send up fireworks.
  • Japan
    • Oshogatsu (the Japanese word for New Year’s) is celebrated with family, which both cleans and decorates the entire house together. Then natural decorations such as pine branches, plum blossoms, and bamboo play a special role in preparing for the New Year celebration.
  • Greece
    • New Year's Eve in Greece has many traditions. During the day, children sing the New Year's carols to be given money or treats. Then, it is time to have family lunch or dinner. In the evening, people cook a pie named King's pie, which is a cake flavored with almonds. Following tradition, they put a coin wrapped in aluminum foil inside the pie. The person that gets the wrapped coin is the lucky person of the day and he is also blessed for the rest of the year.
(Many thanks to Wikipedia and the website GreenGlobal.com for the traditions around the world.)


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