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New Year’s (Jan. 1) is the most widely celebrated public holiday around the world, and in addition to staying up till midnight and partying with family and friends, many countries have their own unique traditions and customs to mark this holiday. Here are our top ten favorite New Year holiday traditions from around the world. Find more in the Holiday sections of CultureGrams World and Kids Editions.
Colombians wear yellow underwear on New Year’s because they believe it will bring good fortune.
A common traditional belief encourages Bissau-Guineans to take a bath right at midnight in the New Year in order to cleanse one’s self of bad luck and pass into the new year with a fresh start.
3. Czech Republic
Czechs exchange small marzipan candies or paper cards in the shape of pigs for good luck in the new year.
Some superstitious New Year rituals include burning and jumping over the año viejo ( an effigy, literally meaning “old year”) for good luck, eating 12 raisins to ask for 12 wishes for the new year, wearing red underwear for good luck in love, and running around the block with an empty suitcase in hopes of travel opportunities in the new year.
The Spanish wait for midnight and watch New Year’s television programming to see the clock strike 12; with each stroke, each person eats a grape.
The Japanese visit shrines and relatives during this time. Children receive money from their parents or grandparents. Families put up special decorations and eat special foods, such as mochi (pounded sticky rice).
On New Year’s Eve, Tongans typically attend a midnight church service. Afterward, church groups proceed to the palace, where they greet and present gifts to the king. People also pay visits to family members and close friends, exchanging kisses to welcome the new year.
Almost every Russian family decorates a fir tree a week or two before the holiday and decorates it with glass balls, toys, and garlands. Underneath the tree, families place a figure of Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz). Russians traditionally exchange and eat mandarin oranges on New Year’s Day.
On New Year’s Day, Bulgarian children go door-to-door, wishing good fortune to friends and relatives. The children carry a small decorated stick (survachka) which is used to tap people’s backs in exchange for candy and money.
In the Philippines, everyone watches a fireworks display in town plazas or parks at midnight. Fireworks displays are traditionally thought to banish the bad spirits of the previous year.
Share some of your traditions with us. We would love to hear from you. Happy 2017!
Happy 2013! Every new year brings fireworks, resolutions and an all-around fresh start. How will you celebrate? New year is celebrated around the globe and many countries have their own spin on ringing in the new year. Did you know that the tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates back to the belief in the mythical Roman king, Janus, who had two faces? In Germany, Ireland and some parts of the U.S., people traditionally eat cabbage which is green like money, hoping for good fortune in the new year. Another famous tradition to usher out the old and bring in the new is to sing the classic Scottish new year song, Auld Lang Syne. Read more about New Year traditions, celebrations and art projects in SIRS Discoverer.