New Year’s Traditions from Around the World

new-years-eve-1664737_1920New Year’s is a special time of the year that basically resonates with everyone, no matter where they’re based in the world. The hope of change – peace, love, health, prosperity – means the holiday also comes along with a great set of traditions and customs devised in the hopes that dreams will come true. Here are a few of these traditions seen around the world!

Spain

It is customary to eat grapes on New Year’s Eve in Spain. Eating 12 grapes at midnight is a tradition/superstition for good luck in the new year. This tradition is carried out slightly different in different areas but the basis of grapes for good luck remains the same. Many people make a wish as they consume each grape.

United States

New Year’s Eve in the U.S. often consists of glamorous parties, fireworks and parades. There’s a longtime tradition held in Manhattan’s Time Square in New York City. Each year, thousands of spectators gather in the cold to watch the midnight BallDrop, a special countdown show for the new year featuring celebrities, entertainment and celebration. The event is also watched by millions in their homes and in public spaces across the country each year.

Japan

Japan’s new year is now celebrated on January 1st with much of the world, however, it was once celebrated at the same time as the Chinese calendar. Japan enjoys long celebrations starting on the 1st of January and stretching on for two weeks’ time. Japanese New Year traditions include giving money to children, creating rice cake decorations (Mochi). The new year is celebrated by dinners, games and special customs including hanging ropes made of straw on their front doors to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck and the tradition of laughing as we enter the new year to also keep evil spirits away.

Albania

The new year is celebrated on the traditional dates of December 31st and January 1st as well as on the 21st of March, a traditional New Year holiday called Norouz. The traditional dates are celebrated similarly to the rest of the world with such festivities as fireworks and shooting guns, a common way to celebrate in the Balkans. Norouz, however, is largely celebrated by the communities of Persians in the country and its celebrated by buying new clothes and new flowers for everyone and taking part in various rituals and celebrations involving music over 12 days.
Any way your celebrate it, Happy New Year to you and yours!

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12-30-2016 at 3:20