For some, the New Year is about setting goals and preparing to become a fitter, healthier, and an all-round person. For others New Year's Eve is an opportunity to watch fireworks with family or drink well into the evening and snog someone at midnight. Whatever the case may be for you, we can almost guarantee that these New Year rituals from around the world are stranger, funnier and more bizarre that what you’re getting up to this year. Well, maybe!
One rather loud celebration in Denmark involves people breaking plates at the door of their family and friend’s homes. The person with the most broken crockery at their door is considered lucky because they are perceived to have the most friends and family who care about them.
At the end of the year people in Spain traditionally pop 12 grapes in their mouth for good luck for the year ahead.
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.
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.
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.
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?