The most interesting New Year's facts from around the world
New Year's Eve holds the record for most seniority. The Babylonians celebrated the New Year 6,000 years ago, in the first nine months after the solstice. The festival lasted 11 days, with various activities taking place every day. Then people, as now, set goals for the new year. Bemorepanda finded out the most beautiful traditions and facts about New Year in different countries.
A common custom among the Babylonians was the return of borrowed agricultural equipment. On this occasion, the king went through a ritual of repentance and was stripped of power to spend three days in isolation and in prayer. When he returned to the world, restoration ceremonies were organized to provide him with the support of nature.
1.On New Year's Eve, people in Denmark are used to breaking plates at their neighbors' doors. It is considered that the family that has the most shards in front of the door will have the most luck…
2.There are several superstitions in Mexico: taking out luggage for good trips next year and hanging sheep-shaped figurines on the doorknob for prosperity. Mexicans also communicate with the spirits of the dead on New Year's Eve. Spiritism has a legal basis and a session costs around $ 15 on average…
3.In Ireland, single girls believe that the night between the years is an opportunity to find their true love. They place mistletoe under the pillow dreaming of the magical moment when they will know their chosen one. The mistletoe also drives away evil spirits. In terms of politics, it is believed in Ireland that the night wind between the years can predict the future of the country. If it blows from the west it brings prosperity, if it blows from the east, the British will dominate politics.
4.Polka dot clothes and round dishes seem to be the choice of Filipinos for the balance of the years. They believe that they will prosper because the round dots invoke the coins. Also, throwing coins at midnight means plenty, increasing income.
5.In Ecuador, crow scarecrows are made at midnight. Each family has their own scarecrow filled with newspapers and pieces of wood, which they burn in front of the house. Tradition says that this destroys all the evil accumulated in the past 12 months, paving the way for happiness. In this country there is also the superstition that the yellow lingerie worn on New Year's Eve brings optimism next year.
6.The Chileans, more precisely the inhabitants of the city of Talca, celebrate their New Year with their dead relatives. The gates of the cemetery open at 11 o'clock at night, and the locals are greeted by muted classical music and fading lights, turning the cemetery into a festive place.
Better known is perhaps the habit of Americans to share a passionate kiss with their loved one at midnight, which is believed to erase unpleasant memories of the past, paving the way for a future full of love.
7.Brazilians welcome the new year with very colorful underwear. They usually wear cheerful shades of red and yellow in hopes of attracting luck and a possible partner. Wishes of wealth and love are expressed through lingerie. Outdoor fires are lit on Paulista Boulevard at midnight. In such a celebration, fireworks are the heralds of the new year.
In many parts of Europe, the tradition has been kept that the first person to enter one's house after midnight should bring a gift, a coin for prosperity, a loaf of bread, salt for flavor, or strength for good cheer. It is preferred that this "first footer" be a man with dark hair.
8.The island of Madeira in Portugal holds the record for the most glorious New Year's party. In 2007, 8,000 fireworks were launched per minute until a total of 600,000 was reached. Tourists from all over the world gather to watch the dizzying show. Here it is customary to eat 12 figs on New Year's Eve, which symbolizes 12 wishes for the coming year.
9.The tradition of prom in the Habsburg era has been preserved at the Austrian Imperial Salon. At midnight the "Blue Danube" resounds, and Strauss's "Bat" is always staged. The participants in the ceremony have pork on the table, a sign of luck. And the tables are decorated with chocolate piglets. Children pour molten lead into a bathtub, and a clairvoyant reads the shapes of the lead. If the metal forms a sphere, it means that the New Year brings luck and prosperity, if it takes the form of an anchor, it means that people will need help to overcome difficulties.
10.In China, the New Year is celebrated on the second new month after the solstice. Firecrackers and firecrackers are said to ward off evil spirits. Fabulous dragons and lions dance in the streets. People dress in red, the brightest of colors, and children receive red envelopes with money. Tangerines are also offered for luck, but only in even numbers. Another New Year's tradition involves the world coming out and shouting their wishes for the coming year.At the same time, you need to throw food as high as possible.
11.In Greece, a special bread called "Vasilopita" is served on New Year's Eve. A penny is hidden inside it when it is put in the oven. The bread is cut exactly at midnight and whoever receives the piece with the prize will be lucky next year. Here, the New Year's Day is dedicated to Saint Basil, famous for his kindness. Children leave their shoes by the fireplace on New Year's Eve to receive gifts from the good saint.
12.In France, the holiday called "Le Réveillon" is marked with luxury food, champagne and gifts.
13.In Turkey, gifts are exchanged during a celebration of traditional Turkish food.
14.In Spain there is a tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year's Eve. Each represents a month of the following year. Depending on how sweet it is, so will that month: better or harder. For brides, New Year's Eve is an opportunity to slip their wedding ring into the champagne glass and collide.
15.In Venezuela, those looking for their soul mate wear red underwear.
Worldwide, the most popular New Year's Eve drink is champagne. Everywhere in Europe and America it is accompanied by a toast. In Russia, a drink made of vodka, lemon juice and tap water is called "dirty water" and is drunk to stop bad luck. The Russians usually open the doors and windows for the new year to enter the house.
It is customary for people to kiss under the mistletoe at midnight on New Year's Eve. It can be considered a romantic gesture, but it is also a greeting for the New Year among people wishing them a happy, healthy and lucky year.
16.In Scotland, the New Year is called "Hogmanay", and in some villages tar rolls are lit, which are then left to roll on the streets. Thus, the old year is burned and the new one is allowed to come. The Scots believe that the first person to enter the house on New Year's Eve will bring either luck or bad luck. The new year will be lucky if this person is a brunette man who brings a gift. "Auld Lang Syne", one of the most popular New Year's songs among English speakers, also appeared in Scotland. The song was first published by the poet Robert Burns in 1796 in the Scots Musical Museum.
17.In Liege, Belgium, on January 1, there is a custom of eating choucroute (a kind of sauerkraut with sausages) as a family, with a coin under the plate, in your hand or in your pocket, to have money all year round.
18.In Naples, Italy, the New Year is greeted by a special custom, which consists of throwing old objects, symbols of the past year, out the window. Thus, furniture, dishes, clothes, etc. they arrive in the street, to the unhappiness of the garbage collectors, who have to pass during the night to clean up. On New Year's Eve, called "Capodanno", Italians usually put special dishes on the table, which are said to bring wealth and abundance.
19.In the Netherlands, the Oudejaarsdag or "last year's day" (December 31) is celebrated with many fireworks, which start at dawn and last until late at night. In fact, this is the only day when fireworks are allowed, they are put on sale only three days before the New Year.
20.In Hebrew, the New Year translates as ".Rosh Hashanah" It is a sacred time when people think about what they have done wrong in the past and promise to be better in the future. Special ceremonies take place in synagogues, where the shofar is played, a special instrument. The children receive new clothes, and the meal must include fruits and flour products, to remind them of the harvest time.
21.In India, the New Year is celebrated differently depending on the region. In West Bengal, people adorn themselves with flowers, which they color in red, pink, purple or white. Women wear yellow clothes, the color of spring. In southern India, mothers put food, flowers and gifts in a special box for children. On New Year's morning, children must keep their eyes closed until they are led by hand to the gift box. In Central India, orange flags adorn all buildings on New Year's Day.
22.In Vietnam, the New Year is called "Tet Nguyen Dan" or simply "Tet". The Vietnamese believe that a god lives in every house, and on New Year's Day he goes to heaven. There, he says how good or bad each family member was last year. The god travels on the back of a carp, so the Vietnamese are used to buying a live carp on New Year's Eve, which they let go of.
23.In Japan, people spend a whole week preparing for the coming of the new year. The house must be cleaned very well to prevent the appearance of any evil spirits. All debts must be paid and, above all, all disputes resolved and mistakes forgiven.
For the Japanese, the New Year, called "Oshogatsu", is one of the most important holidays and a symbol of renewal.Forgetful parties of the year are organized ”or“ Bonenkai ”, through which people leave behind the problems and worries of the year about to end and prepare for a new beginning. Misunderstandings and animosities are forgotten. On December 31, at midnight, families go to the nearest temple to share sake (traditional drink, no.) And to witness the 108 gong blows announcing the passage of the new year (this figure represents the number of sins accumulated in -a soul throughout the year, and the gong blows symbolize the expulsion of sins one by one and the purification of souls). On January 1, children receive otoshidamas - small gifts with money inside. On New Year's Day, dreams and wishes are written on a piece of paper.
24.Unmarried women in Belarus are waiting for New Year's Eve to find out if they will get married. They hold in their hands a few grains of corn, with which they lure a rooster. According to tradition, the girl whose rooster is circling will get married next year.
25.In the US, the New Year is expected on city streets, as in Canada. Everyone celebrates the start of the New Year at traditional parties, sometimes at masquerade balls when everyone comes themed and masked (according to tradition, guests must take off their masks at midnight). Also at midnight, the bells and sirens sound, the sky is flooded with fireworks and everyone shouts in a "Happy New Year!" In New York, a tradition of over 100 years has been to throw a ball in Times Square. This also happens in Hong Kong, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, San Antonio and Sacramento (California). In other areas, various things are thrown to mark the New Year: in Easton (Maryland) - a crab, in Atlanta (Georgia) - a peach, in New Orleans - a pot.
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