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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