The old year is almost behind us, and it will soon be time to celebrate the new one. While this will no doubt involve pubs, clubs and parties, there are some New Year’s traditions which are, well, a little different! Here are some of our favourites.
If you have any leftover ice-cream from Christmas then drop it on the floor. That’s what the Swiss do to toast the end of the year. Personally, we think it’s better to just eat the stuff – and it requires much less cleaning up!
If you love to travel then why not partake in the Colombian tradition of grabbing an empty suitcase and running around the block as fast as you can? Apparently this will help to create more opportunities to travel in the new year.
The Spanish have a tradition where if you can fit 12 grapes into your mouth at midnight on New Year’s Eve you will have good luck for the rest of the following year. You will also need a fair amount of good luck to ensure you don’t choke on them though!
We all love to eat piles of food on New Year’s Day. Estonians actually think that this is the way to ensure that you will never be hungry in the new year. It also gives you prosperity and happiness – which we think is an extremely valid reason to break your new year’s diet resolution immediately.
People in Denmark love to smash plates against doors so that they can have happiness in the new year. In addition to that, they jump chairs when the clock strikes midnight, symbolizing a leap into the new year.
Bread is a popular, staple food enjoyed the world over. But, did you know that you can also banish bad luck and evil spirits with it? Just follow in the Irish footsteps and bang the walls on New Year’s Eve with some loaves. Who knows, maybe spirits don’t love carbs?
If you feel you’re a real life Doctor Dolittle and that your animals actually know what you’re saying, then you will love this crazy European tradition. Romanian farmers try to hear their animals talk, and if they are successful they will have good luck in the following year. However, if the farmers can actually decipher and understand the animal speak then it means a year of bad luck. Confused? Yep, we are too.
If you have a thing for jumping into icy lakes holding a tree trunk, you can take part in the Siberian tradition of diving into an icy lake with a tree trunk and ‘planting’ it under the ice.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about some of the weird and wonderful new year customs and traditions from around the world, and hopefully you’ve found some inspiration for your own new year’s celebrations.
However you choose to see the new year in, we wish you all a very happy 2018!