30 December 2017 |

A world tour of amazing New Year traditions

What better reason for a celebration than the marking of a fresh new year? While fireworks and parties and champagne are always fun, if you’re looking for something different for your New Year celebration, why not take inspiration from these unusual New Year traditions from around the world?


A smashing time in Denmark

In Denmark, people save chipped crockery and broken glasses throughout the year and come New Year’s Eve, smash it against their friends’ front doors to spread good luck. Whoever has the biggest pile of smashed plates has the most friends!

Speed-eating grapes in Spain

One Spanish New Year tradition is to eat one grape on every strike of the clock at midnight. For each grape you manage to eat, you get one wish for the New Year. 12 grapes in 12 seconds? No problem.

Lucky pants in Latin America

In some parts of Latin America, it is believed that the colour of your underwear on New Year’s Eve determines your fortunes for the coming year… choose red for love, yellow for wealth and white for peace. Not sure what those festive Santa pants mean though.

Go for a ‘Loony Dook’ in Scotland

Many hardy Scottish revelers recover from the New Year celebrations with a swim in the freezing North Sea. Known as the Loony Dook, the New Years Day tradition is now used to raise money for charity. Kick off the new year with a good deed! 

Underwater tree-planting in Siberia

On a similarly chilly note, Siberian divers celebrate New Year by cutting a hole in a frozen lake and diving in while HOLDING A TREE. Yes, you read that correctly. Don’t try this at home.

Doughnut roulette in Germany

In Germany, a popular Silvester (New Year) tradition is to eat jelly doughnuts while watching the fireworks. Unfortunately, some naughty bakers fill random doughnuts with mustard, so doughnut lovers beware! 

Eating for Estonia

Continuing on a foodie theme, Estonian tradition dictates that eating 7, 9 or 12 times on New Year’s Day will bring good luck and abundant food for the coming year. It’s thought you’ll gain the strength of one person for each meal you eat for the following year. The good news is that the meals don’t actually have to be finished – a little bit is left for hungry spirits! 

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