New Year's Traditions
We've all got our annual New Year's traditions for the change of the calendar year. Some of us watch the ball drop in Times Square, while others stay up all night drinking, hoping we wake up somewhere recognizable on New Year's Day.
There are a ton of different traditions around the world, each intent on getting a head start on a prosperous and positive new start on life. Here are ten of the oddest (to us) from around the globe.
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In Romania, some folks dress up in bear furs or costumes and walk the streets to ward off evil. That's surely one way to keep things from going wrong next year.
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If you're Danish, you might hurl your old plates at the doorways of friends and family, or neighbor's you want to have good luck in the coming year. Plus? You get to buy new plates!
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If you want to bring about specific kinds of good fortune in the coming year, you'll wear different color undies in some South American countries. Red means you're in the mood for love.
Seriously, I think the French have it right: eat some sweet carb-loaded food and call it good. Pancakes are a traditional New Year's treat.
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Dr. Doolittle has nothing on farmers in Belgium who wish their livestock a happy New Year in the hopes that they'll be healthy and productive in the coming months. If they talk back (in Romania and Hungary), that's supposed to be bad luck. Or you've been drinking too much.
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Can you stuff 12 grapes in your mouth? If so, you just might have a good year, according to folks in Spain. If not, well, good luck.
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The Italians might have those French pancake-eaters beat with a tradition of public kissing in places like St Mark's square in Venice.
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One tradition in the tiny village of Takanakuy, Peru lets people with conflicts settle them Fight Club style and then start the year with a fresh slate. No resentments!
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If you're in Siberia, chances are there are plenty of spots along the coast where you can go ice diving to plant trees under the frozen waters. You won't catch us doing this in Alaska, I'll tell you that.
Celebrations in Denmark include jumping off of chairs into the New Year, kids in the Phillippines jump twelve times to grow taller, and beach partiers in Brazil jump over seven waves at midnight while making seven wishes. Jumping is a thing on New Year's Eve, apparently.
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