By Anna Kocharian

Published on December 26, 2016

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Spain

Once the clock strikes midnight, Spaniards eat 12 grapes for good luck!

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Bolivia

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

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Philippines

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

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Mexico

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

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

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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. 

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Estonia

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

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Cuba

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

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Switzerland

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

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Japan

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

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Denmark

Breaking dishes for good luck!

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Russia

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.

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Brazil

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

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Germany

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

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Poland

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

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Ireland

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

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USA – The South

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