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18 New Year’s Eve Traditions From Around the World

The traditions you've probably never heard of!
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Once the clock strikes midnight, Spaniards eat 12 grapes for good luck!


Coins are baked into cakes, served on New Year’s Eve – the one who finds it in their slice has good luck!


Eating round food (emulating the shape of coins) signifies a year of wealth and good fortune.


A firework show at midnight is believed to ward off evil spirits with its loud noises.


Eating a spoonful of lentils as the clock strikes midnight for a successful New Year.

The Netherlands

From Christmas tree bonfires to street-side fireworks, the Dutch look to fires to get rid of the old and to welcome in the new.


Eating seven meals on New Year’s Day for a plentiful year filled with strength.


Emptying a bucket of water out of the window, to get rid of all the unfortunate experiences of the previous year.


Dropping ice cream on the ground to welcome an abundance of good fortune in the New Year.


Buddhist temples around the country ring bells 108 times, symbolizing the cleansing of a soul.


Breaking dishes for good luck!


Writing a wish on a piece of paper and burning it to ashes. The ashes are then poured into a glass of champagne and consumed.


Making a wish and throwing flowers (by the boatload!) into a body of water.


Eating sauerkraut to bring in a year of blessings and wealth.


Smudging windows and doorknobs with tar, to drive out bad spirits from the home.


Banging loaves of bread against a wall to ward off bad spirits and invite in good luck.

USA – The South

Eating black-eyed-peas for a year of prosperity.

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