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In Denmark they save all of their unused dishes and plates until the 31st of December when they affectionately shatter them against the doors of all their friends and family.
In Ecuador they celebrate the New Year by burning paper filled scarecrows at midnight. They also burn photographs from the last year. All in the name of good fortune.
In Spain, the New Year’s tradition for good luck revolves around grapes. If you can manage to stuff 12 grapes in your mouth at midnight you’ve achieved good luck for the next year.
In the Philippines it’s all about the cash. They believe that everything should be round so as to represent coins and bring wealth. Round food, round clothes, as long as it’s round.
In some South American countries wearing colored underwear will determine your fate for the new year. Red underwear means you’ll find love. Gold means wealth, and white signifies peace.
In Japan they ring all of their bells 108 times in alignment with the Buddhist belief that this brings cleanness. It’s also considered good to be smiling going into the New Year as it supposedly brings good luck.
Every year at the end of December people in this small Peruvian village fist fight to settle their differences. They then start the year off on a clean slate.
In Switzerland they celebrate the New Year by dropping ice cream on the floor.
In Romania they throw their spare coins into the river to get good luck.
In some parts of Puerto Rico they throw pails of water out of their windows to drive away evil spirits.
In Belgium they take their livestock seriously. At least seriously enough that the farmers wish their cows a happy new year!
In Bolivia coins are baked into sweets and whoever finds the coins has good luck for the next year.
The french like to keep things simple and delicious. Every new year they consume a stack of pancakes.
In Colombia they carry their suitcases around with them all day in hopes of having a travel filled year.
In Denmark people climb on top of chairs and literally “jump” into the New Year to bring good luck.
Besides throwing buckets of water on each other in Thailand they also go around smearing each other with gray talc.
In Chile families spend the night in the company of their deceased loved ones by sleeping at the cemetery.
Just like in Belgium, Romanian farmers try to communicate with their cows. If they succeed, then it means good luck for the year.
In Ireland they hit the walls with bread to get rid of evil spirits
In some parts of South Africa they throw old furniture out the window.
Just as you might expect, in Siberia they jump into frozen lakes carrying tree trunks.
In Finland people predict the coming year by casting molten tin into a bucket of water and interpreting the resulting shape.
In Panama, the New Year’s tradition for good luck is burning effigies of everyone and anyone famous.
In Scotland the first person to cross the threshold of a home in the new year should carry a gift for good luck.
In Estonia is all about eating the New Year’s traditions food. People eat seven times on new years day to ensure abundance in the new year.