10 New Year’s Traditions of Other Countries That You Will Want to Borrow
The world is huge, and over time, different traditions appeared in different places. We decided to tell you about some of them, and who knows, maybe your own country is on the list?
Celebrate in white
In Brazil, on New Year’s Eve, people are usually dressed in symbolic white clothes – that’s how they ask the goddess to give their lands peace.
Also, the inhabitants of this country go to the ocean and bring the goddess of the sea Yemaja gifts – flowers, mirrors, jewelry.
They are released into the ocean in small boats as a token of gratitude for the past year and with the hope of protection next year.
Get rid of the excess
In Nepal, people consider the beginning of the New Year to be the dawn of its first day. In anticipation of the sun in the sky, Nepalese light large fires in the streets, which burn unnecessary things in the new year.
In Italy, it is customary to throw old furniture out the window. The Italians believe that the more you throw away the old, the more new possessions will appear and the more happiness there will be in the house.
It is not necessary to make fires or throw unnecessary things out of the windows, but getting rid of the excess is always a good idea.
Drop the fish into a river or pond
In Vietnam, people celebrate the New Year on its lunar calendar between January 21 and February 19. According to ancient belief, a god lives in every house, and in the New Year he goes to heaven to tell how each member of the family spent the past year.
This god floats on the back of a carp, so the Vietnamese buy a live carp and release it into a river or pond.
Use a tray instead of a Christmas tree
In India, New Year’s customs vary greatly depending on the region. The role of the Christmas tree is a mango tree. In addition to traditional toys, it is decorated with fruits and vegetables. In the house the local parents put sweets, flowers and small gifts on special trays instead of Christmas Trees.
On New Year’s morning, children should wait with their eyes closed until parents bring them to the tray and pick a present by touch.
Arrange a “watered” New Year
The people of Cuba wish the New Year a bright and clean journey, so before midnight they fill the dishes with water and pour it out of the windows.
Water purifies, so a similar tradition exists in many countries around the world. For example, in Myanmar, on New Year’s Eve, people water each other and knock loudly on empty dishes so that lazy spirits can hear and the rain begins.
Make noise for health
Panamanians are trying to please the New Year with noise and shouting. Fire bells are ringing, sirens and car horns are ringing, and children and adults are shouting loudly.
If you want to shout, maybe this is the night when it can be done painlessly for others?
Part with your flaws
The Japanese use the New Year for self-improvement. At midnight, the bell begins to ring, reflecting 108 beats. Each ringing of the bell must kill one of the human defects.
According to the Japanese, the main flaws are only six (greed, anger, stupidity, frivolity, indecision, envy), but each has 18 different shades. With all these flaws people should part in the New Year.
Taste the pork
2019 is the year of the yellow earth pig, but it is unlikely that Austria will cancel the traditional meat dish – baked pig. Austrians believe that in order to be happy, you need to eat a piece of head or pork snout – this is called “participating in pig happiness.”
Arrange an exchange of kisses
In France, the tradition of hanging a bunch of mistletoe to the ceiling and exchanging kisses under it at midnight still exists.
Earlier it was believed that a couple who kissed under a mistletoe will soon get married, but nowadays a kiss under a mistletoe can be friendly, and the ritual itself is perceived as a guarantee of happiness, health and harmony in the coming year.
Go to bed before midnight
In Australia, fireworks are almost never held at midnight. And all because Australians wake up at 5-6 in the morning, regardless of weekends or holidays, and go to bed no later than ten in the evening.