9 exciting customs to welcome New Year in the world

People in each country have their own way to wish for good fortune, luck and happiness in the first days of the year.

Spain: Eating 12 grapes on New Year's Eve 

Girl eats grapes to get lucky early this year. 

Spaniards have the habit of eating a grape every time the clock reaches one second to pray for 12 months of happiness. 

The origin of this custom began in 1909, the year the country was in grape season and the King decided to give the remaining grapes to the people for the New Year after paying enough. 

Today, it is thought that anyone can eat all 12 grapes before the clock is completed will have a very happy and lucky New Year. 

Brazil: Sacrificing sea goddess 


Brazilians traditionally throw white flowers down the top waves to sacrifice Yemanja sea goddess. Every year, thousands of people practice this tradition in the hope that Goddess will bless them in the New Year. 

In addition, they can throw other female-specific items such as perfume, jewelry and lipstick in small wooden boats. 

Denmark: Breaking plate 


If you are planning to get rid of the old discarded plates in your cupboard, this is the way the Danish do. On New Year's Eve, they will throw old plates to the door of their neighbors, friends. 

In Denmark, it is believed that the more disks are broken outside the door on the first morning, the owner will have more friends, good fortune in the New Year. Although today, this custom quite a few people do, but anyway it is quite interesting. 

Scotland: Bring a handsome guy to be the first guess 


For a lucky New Year, the Scottish people will find ways to invite tall, dark and handsome boys to be their first guest to set foot in their New Year. 

Scottish customs show that the first person to enter the house in the New Year will determine the fortune of the landlord in the next 12 months. 

Among them, the tall, dark and handsome young men are considered to bring the greatest luck, even more fortunate if they bring the whiskey as a gift to the owner. 

Ecuador: Burning Puppet 

On New Year's Eve, families in Ecuador will gather outside the house and burn a straw puppet together. 

Burning the puppet to push away the bad things 

Maybe for many people, burning a puppet which show anger, fear or some kind of dark magic, but in Ecuador, it is believed that the destruction of bad things during the past 12 months to threaten the evil forces and bring good fortune and joy in the New Year. 

Each family will make their own puppets from paper scraps, scraped wood and burn outside their homes. 

Ireland: Putting mistletoe under the pillow 


If you are looking for a love affair in the New Year, you can learn how Irish people put mistletoe under the pillow before going to New Year's Eve to pray for a better love story.

Chile: Celebrating the New Year at the cemetery 

The Chileans celebrate the New Year with the whole family and ancestors in the cemetery. In essence, this tradition is not for the sake of fortune, but an opportunity for families to gather and remember the dead. 

Light candles and classical music at the cemetery 

This new 15-year-old tradition began when a family of small Talca town crossed the graveyard fence to celebrate the New Year near the tomb of the dead father. 

At present, over 5,000 people visit cemeteries with candlelight, classical music and relatives every year. 

Italy: Throwing items through the window 


Italians routinely throw old furniture out of the window to signify that they are ready to welcome the New Year and new positive changes. 

In the city of Naples, people can throw any item such as an old grill and refrigerator on the balcony. 

Even so, people do not like throwing potentially dangerous items, but soft items. 

If you want to wander around New Year's Eve in Ytalia, be sure to remember these unidentified flying objects carefully. 

Philippines: Dressing dot clothes 


In the Philippines, the circle symbolizes fortune so on New Year's Eve, people will wear on their rounded items, including dots, filled with coins or round fruits. 

By: Gitta Russell

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