10 New Year’s Eve Traditions Around The World

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I am Izaskun and I am glad to be back here. For those who don’t know me, I’m Mai’s sister and I’m a Youtuber with three different channels where I talk a little bit about everything. I’ll leave the links below so you can come and say hi!

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.

10 NYE Traditions Around the World

Spain
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.

 

USA
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.

 

Brazil
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.

 

England
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).

 

Argentina
In some Latin American countries like Argentina and Venezuela they burn some handmade dolls to keep bad spirits away.

 

Denmark
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.

 

Thailand
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.

 

China
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.

 

Italy
The most important tradition in Italy is to eat lentils. They think the more lentils you eat, the richer you will be.

 

Russia
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.

Happy New Year 2016

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!

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What I loved about this summer

What I loved about this summer

This summer has been a little weird and different in many senses. It was my first summer married, there has been a lot of stress sometimes and it has been somehow like an emotional rollercoaster.

As summer just ended and cooler days come to stay, I wanted to take a look back and appreciate the best moments of summer. It’s not something that I usually do (look back to appreciate things), but that’s one of the changes that I want to make in my life.

There goes a list of the things that I loved the most about this summer.

  • Panama City Beach mini vacation. Ok, it was a month before summer, but I usually link everything beach related to summer. And it was amazing. I couldn’t get up early to see the sunrise, but I got to see every sunset there. The apartment was right next to the beach and it felt like paradise to me. For those who don’t know me, the beach gives me life. When we got to PCB we had the windows down in the car, and the moment I could smell the sea I went crazy happy. It just changes my mood completely. Does anyone feel the same way?

Sunset in Panama City Beach, FL

  • My sister finished her classes in LA and came to spend a whole month with me and my husband before going back to Spain. She didn’t have a good experience in LA so I was hoping that month would somehow make up for that. We didn’t get to do all that we wanted as it was really hot, but we still did a lot of fun things.
  • Also, in late august, my parents came to visit for a couple of weeks. We mostly stayed in the city and walked around. A lot. One of the days we were walking for about 5 hours nonstop. Yeah, crazy, right?
  • Hiking in the Cloudland Canyon. Nature is such an amazing thing. And I’d like to go hiking more often. Not only it’s a great way to stay active and work out, but you get to enjoy wonderful views. Also, if I get to see some squirrels I’m like a happy kid LOL. *Yes, I have a really weird arm in that picture… but it was the best one haha*

Cloudland Canyon

  • Second 4th of July for me in the US, but last year I had to work. This year I got to enjoy the fireworks with my husband (although I was a little… ahem… disappointed. More on that later). Next year I hope we can go/make a barbecue that day and then go see some other fireworks. We’ll see.
  • We were invited to a Pakistani wedding. I have been to several weddings, but it was the first time that it was a muslim one. I enjoyed and learnt a lot. I’m still amazed with the dresses. OMG! *picture is not mine for personal reasons*

Indian wedding sari

  • I hiked a couple of times Stone Mountain. Both times in the late afternoon, so we could enjoy the sunsets. It doesn’t matter how many sunsets you see, it is still something magical!
  • The airport is a place that I enjoy going to. Usually I prefer when it’s because I’m going to fly somewhere, but I also love to pick up people. It is something about planes. And the thought of traveling. I don’t like that much to drop people off, though. Mostly if talking about my parents or my sister.
  • Even if I’ve been in Atlanta for a year and a half, I hadn’t visited the aquarium It was amazing to see all the animals. The belugas were huge and the dolphins super cute. Our ticket didn’t include the dolphin show, but a behind the scenes tour. Although it makes me sad going to a zoo (I haven’t gone to one in 15 years or so) or an aquarium (again, first time in like 15 years), it was really nice to have a closer look to all the animals. One day I’d like to swim with dolphins (one of my favorite animals), but I’d have to make sure that they are free and well treated. They should definitely not be in a pool.

Atlanta Aquarium

  • The DragonCon is something that I wanted to see since last year. Working in a hotel in downtown Atlanta, I could see the costumes, but I had to work every afternoon while it lasted. This year, though, I went to see the parade and walked around watching the costumes and taking pictures. Sadly, the first day I couldn’t take as many pictures as the battery of my phone died, but I still managed to take some. Kudos to the participants, as I know that many of them spent several months making the costumes. I saw three people “dressed” as the Avatar characters and it was mostly body painting. How many hours did they spend in the morning getting ready? WOW.

DragonCon - McGonagall + Avatar + Rumpelstiltskin

I’m leaving out a lot of things (2h Skype sessions with my friends, going out with some friends to have dinner, pool days relaxing and playing…), but the list could be freaking long.

Now, tell me. What are the things that you loved the most about your summer?