Yellow underpants, clinking pots, changing names: 16 quirky new year traditions from around the world
New year is a truly international holiday, because it is celebrated in almost all countries of the world. But each nation has its own traditions of celebration. And if for some they are familiar and understandable, then others are puzzled. We have collected 16 quirky new year customs from different parts of the world.
In Colombia, travelers go out at midnight for a walk with an empty suitcase. People believe that walking around the house with a travel bag will fill the year with travel and pleasant trips.
2. El Salvador
In the country of El Salvador, located in Central America, on new year’s eve, it is customary to guess on the egg. An ordinary chicken egg is broken into a bowl and left on the windowsill at night, and in the morning they look at what shapes were formed. Residents believe that what they see in the egg will come true within a year.
On new year’s eve, Brazilians dress up in white. It is believed that this repels evil spirits. They also bring flowers to the goddess Yemaya, the mother of fish, and jump over the waves. They say that if you jump over 7 waves, the whole year will be accompanied by good luck.
In Australia, the New Year is celebrated loudly and cheerfully. As soon as the clock strikes midnight, people start loudly congratulating each other, banging pots and drums, blowing pipes, whistling or just shouting. This is how Australians invite the New Year to their guests.
Residents of Argentina believe that those who will celebrate the New Year in pink underwear will be lucky in love. Well,in order to be in a good mood all year, you need to take a step forward with your right foot at midnight.
In order for the New year to be successful in terms of finances and work, Chileans eat a spoonful of lentils at midnight. And to clear the house of negative energy, on the last day of the year, it is customary to sweep.
New year in the Philippines is like one big fireworks display. On the night of December 31 to January 1, all rooms include lights and festive illumination. In addition, on the evening of the 31st, city residents open all cabinets, cabinets and doors to let good luck into their homes. In addition, according to the information Novate.ru, this night until the morning fireworks and firecrackers explode in the sky. And we are talking not only about big cities, but also about small villages.
In Scottish folklore, there is such a concept as” First foot”, which literally translates as”first foot”. We are talking about the first guest who crosses the threshold of the house after midnight, brings gifts, and with them good luck. Usually among the gifts are small money, bread, coal, salt, or whiskey.
On new year’s eve in Turkey, it is customary to throw grenades from balconies, of course, we are talking about fruit. The stronger the juice splashes, the richer and more fruitful the year will be.
In Cuba, before midnight, you need to fill all the available containers with water, and in the first minutes of the new year, pour it on the doorstep of your home and passers-by. By information Novate.ru, a tradition exists in Uruguay.
Venezuelans are sure that those who will celebrate the New Year in yellow underpants are doomed to success in all spheres of life.
Residents of Guatemala believe that new year’s eve can attract financial well-being. To do this, exactly at midnight, you need to go outside and throw 12 coins over your shoulder.
According to tradition, after midnight in Bulgaria, the lights are turned off for 3 minutes. At these moments, they do not say toasts, just kiss. A favorable sign is considered if someone sneezes at the table. Bulgarians are sure that this brings good luck.
Traditionally, houses in England are decorated with mistletoe. On new year’s eve, a man can kiss any girl standing under the mistletoe.
In Spain, to attract good luck, you need to eat 12 grapes. One for each stroke of the clock.
On New Year’s eve in Micronesia, it is customary to change the name. This is done in secret, so that the evil forces do not find out. Their new names are announced by family members in turn in each other’s ears. At the same time, one of the relatives rings a tambourine. Residents choose their own names, which is why funny stories often happen. For example, in one year, a good half of the male population decided to call themselves Michael Jackson.