New Year's Eve traditions around
the world said to bring you good luck
A common tradition in Colombia is to run hard and fast around the house with a
suitcase in hand to ensure a year of traveling. Great for someone who suffers
No, the Danes do not smash plates on each others' doors, despite the
Viking-esque rumors. They do, however, stand on chairs and jump off of them at
the stroke of midnight. By taking your feet off the ground in the final moments
of the year, it is said that you'll leave all the bad spirits behind as you
"jump into" a fresh, new year.Germany
In Germany, many people rub chimney ashes on their foreheads for good fortune
and health. Like many Nordic countries, they also indulge in a fortune telling
ritual by pouring molten lead into cold water, and the shape of the cooled
metal predicts your fortune. Shapes such as a heart or anchor will predict new
love or hard times ahead, respectively.
In Greece, the pomegranate has held strong symbolic meaning since ancient
times. A common tradition on New Year's Eve is to throw pomegranates on the
ground, and break them apart. The more they burst, the more abundance your
household will have.Ireland
A very old custom, and still practiced by some today in Ireland, is for the
unmarried women to place mistletoe leaves under their pillow. This is believed
to bring good fortune, hoping to find love in the new year.Mexico
Mexicans celebrate by eating 12 grapes, one for each of the 12 clock chimes at
midnight, making a wish with each one. The grapes also represent the 12 months
of the new year, and each wish is to ensure a lucky month. However, a sour
grape will represent a particularly unlucky month and a wish unfulfilled.Russia
New Year's Eve is a big deal in Russia, and is very similar to how we celebrate
Christmas in the West. One wish-making custom on New Year's Eve is to write
your wish on a piece of paper, burn it, and mix the ashes in your champagne
glass before drinking it at the stroke of midnight.Scotland
In Scotland, they celebrate Hogmanay, and the most popular tradition is the
"first-footing," which involves the first person to "cross the
threshold" (enter the front door) of a friend's house that will determine
that household's fortune of the new year. The first foot is expected to bring
luck-bearing gifts of coal, salt, bread, whiskey and a coin, and enter saying "A
happy New Year and good tidings to you and yours!"United States
Passed down from English and German folklore, Americans kissing their special
someone at midnight has been a common tradition said to bring good fortune and
erase bitter memories. Originally, it was believed that the first person you
encountered at the start of the new year would determine whether you had good
or bad luck in the new year, so you'd kiss them to seal the deal. Over time,
the custom changed to selecting who you wanted your good fortune to be shared
Venezuelans wear bright yellow underwear for luck, and typically showcase it
for the world to see. Whether that means wearing underwear on the outside or no
pants at all, each are supposedly good luck. Other variations of the same
ritual include wearing different colors for what you want to have in the new
year: red for love, gold for wealth, and white for peace and a fresh start.
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7 New Year’s Good Luck Traditions
Around the World
1. Keep your money under the carpet - To have more money
next year, consider saving it all up for New Year’s Eve – just like some Romanians like to
do. Among this group of Eastern Europeans, rumor has is that putting bills
under the rug before the clock ticks midnight guarantees a prosperous year
ahead. To enhance your chances at that fortune, be sure to wear red
underwear and break some glasses while chanting the classic “Happy New
2. Burn an “old man.” - It might sound quite brutal, but
many of our southern neighbors say it’s totally fine. In some parts of Mexico, mainly in
the south, people put the past behind them by making a human-size dummy called
“el viejo” (the grandpa) or “año viejo” (past year) that they set ablaze at
midnight on New Year’s to close an old cycle and start afresh. The
tradition can be found in other Latin American countries, such as Ecuador,
where it’s OK for these dummies to look like anything from politicians to evil
cartoon characters. Go wild.
3. Turn the oven on and music up - In many cases, more
money and overall prosperity come with some sweat. So if you want to make it
big in 2018, many in Trinidad and Tobago believe the key is to get the house
all nice and tidy and engage in some holiday cooking. Dreams will come true, so
the locals say, only if you cook some black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Jazz
it up with some parang,
a type of folk music played around the holidays for good luck, and there’s
truly nothing stopping you in the following year.
4. Do good. Eat good - If you really want all the good
vibes sent your way, start by doing good yourself: It's a move that will make
Afghans proud. In the landlocked, mountainous country they say your year will
go well if you start by engaging in good actions on day one, so give it your
best for over 360 days of fortune. Also, make sure you wear green while cooking
green things. And speaking of cooking, if you happen to be in Afghanistan
on New Year’s, which – piece of information – is not in December, but in
March, and is known as Nowruz, you’d want to make a seven fruit salad. Haft
Mewa is usually made of dried fruits and nuts such as walnuts, almonds,
pistachio, hazelnut, cherries, apricots and raisins. If you combine them right,
locals say, you’ll definitely score more points in 2018.
5. Wave bad luck goodbye - Those more into extreme
traditions than sitting at home and cooking, might consider ringing in the new
year in Brazil.
If you go to Rio de Janeiro on New Year’s Eve, make sure you bring beautiful,
white clothing that rumor says will bring peace of mind in the following year.
Brazilians believe midnight should catch you nowhere else but in the water,
jumping seven waves, if you want to enhance your chances of success next year.
Mind you – some say you are not supposed to
turn away from the ocean when you’re jumping; Otherwise you’ll get quite
the opposite effect.
6. Fill your house with money - and some round fruit. There's no need to head to the ocean for good luck on New
Year's in the Philippines.
Instead, people wear clothes with polka dots and jump as much as possible at
midnight, also hoping to get a few inches taller. To bring more prosperity in
the new year, Filipinos also scatter coins in every room when the clock ticks
midnight. Another good luck tip from the country: Keeping the lights on and
round fruits on the the dinner table.
7. Pop some grapes and grab a suitcase - Fruits are also
the main protagonist in this Latin American tradition: In some countries, such
as Venezuela or Bolivia,
people believe good luck comes from eating exactly 12 grapes at midnight. For
those yearning to travel in the coming year, there’s another trick – rolling a suitcase
down the block or around the house so you’ll explore numerous destinations
in 2018. Some Latin Americans believe that ending the night by counting money
will give you more to spend on upcoming travels.
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