7 New Year’s Traditions from Around the World

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The Fourth of July is a uniquely American holiday. And who’s even heard of Anzac Day?? (the Australians, that’s who). Boxing Day belongs to England and obviously, not all religions celebrate the same day commemorating the roots of their faith. Different cultures = different holidays.

But New Year’s is a time that’s celebrated in most corners of the globe.  However, that doesn’t mean we all celebrate it in the same way. Here’s a closer look at the way people in other countries ring in the New Year:

In Mexico (and Spain!), it’s customary to eat 12 grapes, one at a time, at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Each grape represents good luck for each month in the coming year.

 

In several South American countries including Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico, you’re likely to see New Year’s revelers marching around the block carrying empty suitcases in hopes of a travel-filled New Year.  

 

The Chinese New Year celebration (also called the Spring Festival) falls a little later in the month and is characterized by the color red. Red decorations, red lanterns, red envelopes filled with cash given as gifts. Some residents even paint the doors of their home red for luck in the coming year.

 

Brazilians wear white from head to toe to represent peace and celebrate with fireworks near the ocean. Some Brazilians spice up all the white with brightly colored underwear – red for love in the new year and yellow for the hope of prosperity in the coming year.

 

In Japan, Mochi, a chewy rice cake, is a classic Japanese New Year’s food. These beautiful little round cakes are often used in New Year’s decorations. Japanese Buddhists also ring a bell 108 times (representing each of the worldly desires), hold “forget-the-year” parties and generally consider it a time to forgive and forget. As long as you don’t forget to bring the Mochi!

 

Did you know that in Switzerland some people ring in the New Year by dropping a dollop of ice cream on the floor? It’s thought to usher in a new year of abundance. But if you ask us, that’s just wasted ice cream!

 

The Vietnamese celebrate the New Year with a traditional five fruit tray artfully displayed. The dish symbolizes the family’s respect for their ancestors and their wishes for the New Year.

 

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