Here Are Five Lucky New Year’s Traditions From Around The World
We all just celebrated the new year, and every culture around the world has their own unique way of marking the occasion. That’s why we’ve compiled five of the most creative New Year’s traditions that we could find!
Denmark: Smash Plates
In Denmark, a new year is marked by people breaking dishes, plates, and cups against the doors of their friends. It is believed that this gesture will ward off bad spirits and bring good vibes to them for the new year. Another tradition they have involves climbing up on something like a chair or table as the clock gets closer to midnight and then jumping into the new year from it.
Spain: Eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds
In Spain, there is a superstition that the last 12 seconds of the year can determine your fate for the next year. The goal of people in Spain is to quickly eat 12 grapes in the last 12 seconds of the year, with the idea that doing so will bring them luck in the new year!
Turkey: Smash Pomegranates
This messy tradition calls for people in Turkey to smash pomegranates in their doorways to celebrate the new year. It is believed there that the amount of luck that you will have in the new year is directly proportional to the number of seeds that fly out of the fruit upon impact, so be sure to smash them hard!
Romania: Toss a coin
In Romania, tradition dictates that you mark the new year by throwing money away. It is believed that tossing coins in the river will bring you good luck in the new year.
Ireland: Bang bread against the walls
Finally, in Ireland, it is believed that banging bread against the wall will ward away bad luck for the new year. It is also thought that doing this will bring you lots of bread and food for the new year ahead.
What are your favorite New Year’s traditions? Let us know in the comments section.