Most everyone celebrates the new year but not everyone celebrates the same way. Some countries don’t even celebrate on the same day as the majority of the world. Find out about some of the New Year traditions from around the world.
Counting down the last few seconds to the New Year is the biggest tradition in the U.S., with a huge countdown in Times Square New York and many smaller regional countdowns. Fireworks are another big tradition and one of only two times a year fireworks are legal in many parts of the country.
The British like to ring in the New Year with a last few seconds countdown as well but they also have a tradition of the first visitor of the new year bringing luck.
In China, the New Year is celebrated based on a lunar calendar and generally falls somewhere towards the end of January or middle of February by Western calendars. Fireworks, gifts of small amounts of money as luck gifts, and parades mark the celebrations.
In Denmark, friends pile broken dishes in front of the door of their friends’ houses. The higher the pile of broken dishes, the more friends a person has.
The Jewish New Year is celebrated over a 10 day period starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur. This takes place around the end of September and first of October. The celebration is marked by making amends to people you have wronged.
France celebrates with large parties full of wine and spirits to bring good luck in the New Year.
In Spain, there is an old tradition of eating 1 grape on each stroke of midnight to bring good luck. Good luck on eating 12 grapes that fast.
To bring good luck in Turkey, wear red underwear to bring in the New Year.
In Romania, the New Year is a time to keep evil spirits at bay by dancing in bear skins.
Similar to the Day of the Dead, in Chile, families visit departed loved ones at the cemetery at the turn of the New Year.