New Year Traditions From Around the World

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
— T.S. Elliot
Throwing dishes is no more just a sign that a couple is fighting. In Denmark, people save unused and damaged dishes till 31 December just to throw and break them against the door/wall with their friends and family. 

Throwing dishes is no more just a sign that a couple is fighting. In Denmark, people save unused and damaged dishes till 31 December just to throw and break them against the door/wall with their friends and family. 

The new year celebrations in Spain revolves around eating grapes. The tradition is about eating 12 grapes at one time and if you are able to do it, you have achieved good luck for the new year.

The new year celebrations in Spain revolves around eating grapes. The tradition is about eating 12 grapes at one time and if you are able to do it, you have achieved good luck for the new year.

Looks like people in Philippines have set their priorities right. For them it is all about money on new year celebration. They believe that everything should be round so as to represent coins, which they believe will bring wealth. Round clothes, round food and everything around is supposed to be round.

Looks like people in Philippines have set their priorities right. For them it is all about money on new year celebration. They believe that everything should be round so as to represent coins, which they believe will bring wealth. Round clothes, round food and everything around is supposed to be round.

In South American countries, wearing colored underwear determines your fate for the coming year. For those who want to find love, wear red, white means peace and gold signifies wealth.

In South American countries, wearing colored underwear determines your fate for the coming year. For those who want to find love, wear red, white means peace and gold signifies wealth.

The people of Japan literally ring in the New Year. Their tradition is about ringing the temple bell 108 times. This represents the cleansing of 108 anxieties and desires and marks the beginning of the new year.

The people of Japan literally ring in the New Year. Their tradition is about ringing the temple bell 108 times. This represents the cleansing of 108 anxieties and desires and marks the beginning of the new year.

Have you ever dropped your ice-cream and then felt super bad about it? People in Switzerland do it on purpose. The Swiss do it every new year’s eve because they believe dropping ice cream on the floor will bring them good luck and prosperity.

Have you ever dropped your ice-cream and then felt super bad about it? People in Switzerland do it on purpose. The Swiss do it every new year’s eve because they believe dropping ice cream on the floor will bring them good luck and prosperity.

F for France and F for feast. People in France welcome the new year by feasting upon a stack of pancakes, foie gras and champagne. This feast is believed to bring good luck and prosperity.

F for France and F for feast. People in France welcome the new year by feasting upon a stack of pancakes, foie gras and champagne. This feast is believed to bring good luck and prosperity.

People in Ecuador write down bad things from the past year on a piece of paper and fill a scarecrow with such papers and then burn it. They even burn some bad old photographs from the past year. All of this is done in the name of good fortune and forgetting the bad memories.

People in Ecuador write down bad things from the past year on a piece of paper and fill a scarecrow with such papers and then burn it. They even burn some bad old photographs from the past year. All of this is done in the name of good fortune and forgetting the bad memories.

In Chile, people prefer spending the night of the new year in the company of deceased loved ones by sleeping in the cemetery. Doing this is believed to bring peace to the dead soul.

In Chile, people prefer spending the night of the new year in the company of deceased loved ones by sleeping in the cemetery. Doing this is believed to bring peace to the dead soul.


Irish people celebrate their new year by hitting the walls with bread to get rid of evil spirits and bad luck.

Irish people celebrate their new year by hitting the walls with bread to get rid of evil spirits and bad luck.

Happy 2019!


Original post at Times Of India.