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Since 2015 is about to finish every country is getting everything ready to say goodbye to the old year and say hello to the new one, hoping it brings us all we need or want. Here are ten different traditions people follow around the world.
When the 12 bells sound Spanish people watch the clock on the TV and eat 12 grapes, one for each bell ring. The tradition says that if you can eat all of them on time, you will have good luck each month of the New Year.
The most known tradition is the one in which people hang out at Times Square in New York. After the countdown to the New Year they kiss a person to be sure they are going to have a year full of love.
In Brazil they wear white clothes to chase away the bad spirits. Many people go to the beach, where some people jump over seven waves (one per day of the week) to attract luck. Some other people give flowers to the ocean Goddess. Tradition says that if the ocean keeps the gifts you will have good luck all year round.
In London it is a tradition to go to the Big Ben o Picadilly Circus on New Year’s Eve. However, the most important thing that night after 12 a.m. is what they call “First Footing”, which means that the first person who visits you at home will bring you good luck for the New Year (as well as some gifts).
In some Latin American countries like Argentina and Venezuela they burn some handmade dolls to keep bad spirits away.
A Danish tradition says that you have to go to your friends’ houses and break some plates in front of their front doors. The more broken plates you have, the better, because that means you have a lot of good friends.
They celebrate the New Year (called Songkran) between the 13th and the 15th of April by throwing buckets with water to each other. They also clean up all the Buda statues and images, and some people set birds and fishes free.
In China the New Year arrives between January and February, depending on the moon’s calendar, and it lasts nine days. They clean their houses to start the New Year with clean spirits. They celebrate it on the streets with dragons’ dances and fireworks.
The most important tradition in Italy is to eat lentils. They think the more lentils you eat, the richer you will be.
The 1st of January the Ice Grandfather (someone like Father Christmas) goes to the Russians’ houses to leave some toys, Matriuska dolls and sweets for the children.
What is your New Year tradition? Even though I am form Spain I don’t eat grapes because I don’t like them. Instead of that, I drink a bit of Champaign while the 12 bell rings. Do you follow your country’s tradition? Do you give it a twist like I do?
Hope you have a happy ending of this year and a happy New Year 2016!