The start of a new year is the time for fresh starts and celebrating the past year. New Year’s Eve is celebrated in many different and wonderful ways all around the world. Below are some of our favorite fun and exciting ways to celebrate New Year’s traditions from six countries around the world.
The new year tradition in Russia is great, if you’re daring enough. To celebrate the new year the people in Russia will write down a wish on a piece of paper. The paper will then be burnt by a candle and the ashes from the burnt paper are then put into a champagne glass and swallowed with the sparkling drink for good luck as they see in the new year. In great Russian tradition the champagne is normally drunk at midnight to make all the wishes and hopes come true in the new year.
Germany celebrate the new year by trying to determine their future. This Christmas tradition starts with people melting lead on a spoon. The melted lead is then thrown into cold water and the shape of the hardened lead will determine if your future is positive. There are many shapes that German people will interpret as meaning different things for their futures. Some examples are a heart shape means you are lucky in health, a mushroom shape means you are lucky in love, and a shell shape means your dreams will come true. The New year tradition is called Bleigiessen.
The Philippines New Year’s Eve tradition revolves around things being round. This is because in the Philippines they believe that round objects represents coins and therefore wealth to their families in the new year to come. Families celebrate by eating food such as grapefruits and oranges. Another traditional meal that families eat during this time are made of two delicacies. These are Biko (sweet rice cakes) and Malagkit (steamed leaves filled with coconut and caramel. Families also leave any doors, windows, and cabinets open for good luck to travel in to the new year.
In Mexico a New Year’s tradition is to throw coins outside the family home and sweep them back in the hopes that the coins invite prosperous futures to those in their home. Families also throw water out of the windows of the house to symbolise washing away the passing year. Mexican people may also go to parties or festivals to celebrate the new year coming into place. These events normally include fireworks and the Latin-American tradition of burning scarecrows to scare away evil spirits in the new year.
In Denmark a New year’s tradition it is to smash plates outside of friends or families houses. This is said to bring luck into their lives for the new year ahead. So if you wake up on New year’s Day and have a whole bunch of smashed plates outside your house don’t be alarmed, this is a good thing!
We hope you have enjoyed reading about some of the celebrations happening around the world this New Year’s Eve. If you did be sure to check out more soon with our seasonal celebration series coming soon! For more information on moving countries click here.