How The New Year Is Welcomed Around The World

Dec 19th 2014 at 11:10 PM

The start of the New Year is big news around the globe. From the flash of fireworks and the pop of champagne bottle corks, to prayers and rituals, different countries do things in different ways. People in New Zealand are amongst the first to see in the start of the New Year, and get the party started. Here’s a look at how countries around the world celebrate the occasion.


There are a number of things of that you will find being practised in Brazil at New Year. It is common to see people dressed all in white in an effort to ward off evil spirits. Other ways to do this include jumping over seven waves and throwing flowers into the sea.


If you want to guarantee your wealth and prosperity over the coming 12 months and you live in Chile, then there’s a simple solution:eat a spoonful of lentils at midnight and pop some money into your shoe. Alternatively, you might fancy heading to the graveyard and hanging out with your deceased loved ones – it’s up to you.


In the country that invented fireworks it’s not hard to imagine how they celebrate here. Away from the pyrotechnics, it is customary to wear red and give children money in red envelopes.


As a Dane, if you want to show your love and appreciation for friends and loved ones, then why not smash some crockery against their houses? You’ll find plenty of your fellow Danes doing the same thing.


If you want to cast aside any negative energy from the past year and you live in Ecuador you can do so by burning effigies of politicians (and other unpopular people) on New Year’s Eve. If not, hiding money around your house is also popular.


Vasilópita is a cake with a coin hidden inside it that is eaten in Greece on New Year’s Eve. If you are lucky enough to get the slice containing the coin you are said tohave good luck in the year ahead.

The Philippines

Round objects signify prosperity for Filipinos. This means people eat plenty of round fruit (think oranges and grapefruits), carry coins in their pockets and wear polka dots.


In the birthplace of Auld Lang Syne, you will also find people visiting friends’ houses bearing gifts of whiskey and bread. Bonfires are also a pretty common sight.


If you are a resident of Spain (or another Spanish-speaking country) you might be found eating 12 grapes at midnight. One grape eaten at each toll of the bell will bring you good luck for every month of the New Year.


If you are looking for a novel way to see in the New Year then why not head to one of London’s fine Indian restaurants? Take your pick from Veeraswamy, Amaya and Chutney Mary, three of the finest Indian restaurants the capital has to offer. All are open on New Year’s Eve and are serving a special menu to mark the occasion. It might just be the night when you create a New Year’s tradition of your very own.

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