New Year’s Eve Traditions from Around the World

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As a new year starts once again, there are so many traditions and folklore from different countries that are practiced to welcome the new year ahead. Find out what they are at The HodgePodge Lifestyle as we take you on a virtual trip around the world!

Folklore

On New Year’s Eve, these are only a few things some people do and believe in, perhaps making welcoming the new year more fun. Well, why not right?

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“3 2 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! & kiss the person you want to kiss!

If New Year’s Eve night wind blow south, It reminds us of warmth and growth.

Vai-Sugar-in-Jars-2Fill your cupboards before the clock strikes midnight. Sugar, Pepper, Salt, check!

If the old year goes out like a lion, the new year will come in like a lamb.

Traditions

So what will you do on New Year’s Eve to welcome 2015? Here are the different New Year’s Eve traditions around the world from Philippines, Spain, US to Pakistan, Iran, India and other countries welcoming the new year ahead!

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Philippines

7mtu9w-iWear Polka Dots and hang 1 bunch of 12 grapes at the main door of the house for good luck!

Colombia

Suitcase-travel-31302401-360-273Run around the streets with your suitcase to travel again during the new year ahead!

Thailand

Gun-Made-Out-Of-GunsIn ancient Thailand, guns were fired to scare demons away.

Latin America

pork-belly 20100723inseasonbepBlack-eyed peas and pork foretell good fortune.

North America

blower8Sirens and party horns are used as farewell to the former year

Italy

Church bells 4Italians let their church bells peal.

Netherlands

OliebollenEating ring-shaped treats mean “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune. In Dutch homes, these fritters are called olie bollen.

Ireland

images (2)The Irish enjoy pastries called bannocks.

Spain

downloadThe tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight comes from Spain.

India and Pakistan

Rosh-Hashanah-apple-honey-007Rice promises prosperity while apples dipped in honey are a Rosh Hashanah tradition.

Switzerland

13145Dollops of whipped cream, symbolizing the richness of the year to come, are dropped on the floors.

England

download (2)Wassail, the Gaelic term for “good health” is served in some parts of England.

Rome

roma-11053Gifts of gilded nuts or coins marked the start of the new year in Rome.

Iran

eggs-02Eggs, the symbol of fertility, were exchanged by the Persians.

Egypt

sf17-194-2291s1Early Egyptians traded earthenware flasks.

 

Happy New Year!

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