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New Year’s Traditions Around The World

December 31, 2010

When it comes to New Years I never had many deep-rooted traditions. My family usually just slept through it or sat at home watching the specials on TV. Maybe this is where I got my thirst for finding out what others did on New Year’s Eve and started incorporating them into my celebrations. And yes I will admit that I’m wearing my yellow underwear right now and cleaning a bowl of grapes.

People in France feast. My kind of place. After the holiday ends on January 6th with Epiphany they celebrate the Wise Men by eating la galette des rois. Inside the cake is a feve or a small character that whoever finds becomes the king or queen and gets to wear a crown.

In Spain wearing red underwear is a sign of good luck however if you are in Mexico or Peru make that yellow underwear.

Filipinos usually celebrate New Year’s Eve with a  dinner party called Media Noche and serve  pancit, Hamon , and roasted pig. During this time many people can be seen wearing circular patterns or polka dots to attract money and fortune as well as throwing coins at the stroke of midnight.

In the US the New York “ball” drop is broadcast live across the country. However each city seems to have their own way to welcome the new year. Here in Seattle we set off fireworks from the Space Needle however from what my Hawaiian house quest has been telling me Hawaii is the queen of firework and after the fireworks die down the entire island is covered in a haze of smoke.

Peru has a ton of  traditions. If you are looking to gain wealth, love, or good luck in the new year try theses:

  • For good luck eating 12 grapes quickly while reciting the months.
  • Run around the block carrying an empty suitcase for luck with travel.
  • If you are looking for love wear red.
  • Or try placing coins in your shoes for money in the New Year.
Everywhere it seems to be a common theme to shoot off fireworks however I particularly love Ecuador take on this. Dummies of people, someone who you disagreed with from the last year, stuff it with fireworks and set them off. Talk about some much-needed therapy! Sounds very liberating!
What do you do for New Years? Do you have any traditions?
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2010 12:45 pm

    This is really interesting! Although the last bit at the end with the dummies is a little frightening, haha. Happy new year 🙂

  2. Jody permalink
    January 1, 2011 8:30 am

    We go to the movies every New Years Eve as a family and when we get back we set off fireworks and play games with friends untill the count down. Once it’s midnight we give the kiss at the stroke of midnight and toast (with oj) with the children to the upcoming year. The next morning we sleep in and wake up to huge brunch that we serve on our china……and talk about the year to come.

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