24 Weird New Year’s Traditions From Around The World… I’m Moving To Estonia.
One of the greatest things about living on planet earth is the fact that so much diversity exists. We are a world full of various cultures and customs that are each unique and quirky in their own way. We have different fashion trends, forms of entertainment, foods, and anything else you can think of that goes into creating a culture.
We even have different holidays. And although it’s rare for one holiday to be celebrated by everyone, it seems bringing in a new year is universally significant.
Living in America, most of us only know one tradition: counting down to midnight and kissing the lucky person next to you. Well just like us, people around the world also have their own special New Year’s traditions.
#1. Japan: Ring all bells you’re in possession of 108 times.
This is connected to the Buddhist belief that cleanness will be granted.
#2. France: Eat a fat stack of pancakes.
Sounds like a tradition I want to be a part of.
#3. Turkey: Wear red underwear for good luck for the coming year.
#4. Venice: Citizens all gather in St. Mark’s Swuare and have a mass kiss-in.
#5. Siberia: Cut a hole in a frozen lake and dive in while holding a tree trunk (underwater tree planting).
#6. Panama: Create sculptures of famous people and burn them to retrieve good luck in the new year.
#7. Denmark: Smash plates on your friends’ front doors on New Year’s Eve.
The more demolished china you have on your doorstep, the more luck you’ll get.
#8. South America: Choose what color of underwear you wear based on what fate you want for the oncoming year.
Red means you could find love, gold means you’ll encounter wealth, white means peace, and so forth.
#9. Ecuador: Walk around the block with an empty suitcase in hopes that you will have a lot of travels in the coming year.
#10. UK: Swim in the cold icy water, some claim it helps cure a New Year’s Eve hangover.
#11. Germany: Broadcast and watch an old popular British comedy sketch about a 90th lonely birthday dinner.
This is done in various German households.
#12. America: A possum held in a transparent box gets lowered into a crowd.
A tradition done in North Carolina, as they consider themselves the “possum capital of the world.” Only fake possums have been used since a previous lawsuit.
#13. Hungary: Eat some delicious roast pork (kocsnova) on New Year’s Eve as the pork’s fat represents wealth and prosperity.
Chicken and fish are avoided as they represent luck flying or swimming away.
#14. Romania: Listen to your animals talk which, if successful, will bring in good luck for the next year (for farmers).
#15. Philippines: Fill the house with round objects (food, clothes, anything) as it represents coins and symbolizes wealth.
#16. Romania: Wear bear costumes while dancing from house to house to keep evil away.
#17. Estonia: On New Years day, eat seven times throughout the day to make certain there will be abundance in your next year.
Talk about food coma.
#18. Peru: At the end of every December, Peruvian village people get into a fist fight to put an end to any tension.
This way, they get to start the new year fresh with a clean slate.
#19. Scotland: Roam the streets while swinging literal of fire.
#20. Denmark: Jump off of chairs for good luck for the new year.
#21. Bolivia: Find the few coins that are baked into cakes and other sweets to be granted good luck for the new year.
#22. Ecuador: Burn scarecrows made out of paper at midnight for good fortune. Old photographs from the past year are burned too.
#23. Chile: Attend a late night mass at a cemetery lit up by thousands of candles to bring in the new year with dead relatives.
#24. Switzerland: Drop ice cream on the floor.
But all that ice cream…