Every nation has its own habits and traditions, which are an integral part of the national consciousness.
Celebrating the New Year always leads to noise and loud singing by which we take all the worries and sorrows of the past year. Also the gastronomical traditions leads to wealth, luck and happiness in many countries.
There are some nations that celebrate the last day of the year in a special way. We have collected some curiosities from the world to see how the different nations are celebrating New Year’s Eve.
Did you know that in the Philippines switch on every lamp before midnight; open every door and window in order to release the harmful ghost from their home? As soon as the New Year’s bells are ringing all family member are rushing to close everything back again.
In Russia people write their wishes on a piece of paper and then they burn it. The remaining ash is poured into a sparkling glass, and at midnight they drink champagne from it. Well, it’s weird enough so we do not want to try it.
In Spain people put a bowl of grapes in front of themselves and at midnight everybody eats a grape for every bell sound they here. It is not as easy as it sounds and the one who manage to eat all the grapes will have lucky and wealthy next year.
The Australians go to the street with pots and pans, and they strike the noise so they can get rid of all the worries and flaws that had their shoulders last year.
This holiday is especially beautiful in Brazil. They bring flowers to the beach, release them to the water, and offer them to the sea god. The ones whose flower got back in the shore will have bad luck all year since the god has rejected their wish.
In Greece, children are cleaned off their shoes at New Year’s Eve and put it in front of the house, and St. Vazul will spend the shoe with gifts and sweets. Adults also bake a special bread on that day, and hide a coin in them. Anyone who finds the coin in their own bread will be wealthy next year.