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New Year’s Eve Celebrations around the World

By Memrise Blog

New Year’s Eve is a big deal all around the world. It’s a universal event, yet we all have our own local traditions. People from different cultures celebrate in their own way when the clock strikes midnight. Let’s find out how others start the New Year!

In France the ‘Reveillion’ is all about the champagne and food. They believe that feasting will bring prosperity.

People eat 12 grapes for every strike of the clock at midnight for good luck in Spain.

The Japanese visit temples to pray for good harvest and those who have departed, while the bells chime 108 times in order to scare off evil. They also decorate their entrance doors with straw to invite good luck into their homes.

In Argentina people put their right foot forward to start off the New Year on the right foot.

In Brazil they celebrate in white to scare off misfortune. Some also jump over 7 waves on the beach symbolising the 7 days of the week.

Russians write their dreams and wishes on a piece of paper, throw it in the fire to burn, then put it in their champagne and drink it before midnight.

People throw pomegranates from their windows in Turkey. The more pieces the fruit bursts into, the more plentiful their year will be.

In Colombia and Ecuador people take their empty suitcases for a walk in hopes of a year full of travel.

Throwing out your old furniture on New Year’s Eve in South Africa symbolises a fresh new start.

The Chinese celebrate the New Year on a different date than most. It can be any day between mid-January to mid-February. Celebrations can take up to 15 days. They give each other money in red envelopes symbolising good luck, while they play drums to scare off evil spirits.

How do you celebrate this special event? Add your traditional customs in the comments below! Let’s learn about more cultures around the world!

Happy New Year!