Colombians have a few New Year and Christmas traditions, but one of them is wearing bright yellow underwear. This signifies a happy and peaceful New Year.
4. Giving a lump of coal in Scotland
This might be something we taunt naughty children with, but people do actually give away lumps of coal for Christmas in Scotland. But the sentiment isn’t the same there, it’s actually given to the first person that steps into someone’s home after midnight in the New Year to throw into the fireplace.
5. Bell chiming in Japan
In Japan the New Year is welcomed by ringing a bell 108 times. Taken place in Buddhist temples, it’s thought that the 108 chimes, which signify the 108 desires that cause people suffering, represent purification from any suffering experienced in the last year.
6. Dropping ice cream in Switzerland
It sounds like an absolute waste to us, but in Switzerland people drop their ice cream onto the floor for good luck. It’s thought to bring good luck in the year to come, but it has left us wondering who does all the cleaning up?