Around the world, there are a number key elements that are generally associated with the celebration of the end of one year and the start of the next. But lots of cultures and communities have specific traditions that are special to them, but might seem a bit weird to anyone else.
Here’s some of our favourite New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world.
They do this in Denmark. On New Year’s Eve you smash plates against the front door of your friends and family. It’s something to do with good luck and good fortune.
This is something you’ll find in Ecuador. The scarecrow is symbolic of all the bad stuff that happened in the year that is ending, so it’s a good chance to cleanse and move forward.
In the Philippines, celebrating the new year is all about circles and round things – round things represent money. Surround yourself with things that are round and the year ahead will be prosperous.
If you’re in Spain, get ready to eat some grapes. As the clock strikes midnight, you have to eat one grape each time the bell rings – so, 12 grapes in total. Successfully eat all 12 in time with the clock and you’ll have a good year.
If you’re heading to Peru, you might want to get some training in. As part of their new year celebrations, the Peruvians embrace the Takanakuy Festival. This involves people squaring off for some bare-knuckle fist fights – apparently it helps everyone to make a fresh start for the year ahead.
Colours play an important role in lots of traditions around the world. If you’re in Romania, you’ll notice that wearing something red – it ensures that you’ll have good health in the year ahead. It could be a t-shirt, or just one red sock, or simply red underwear – it all counts.