New Year is quietly approaching us, and we are trying our level best to keep calm. After all, it is going to be a year filled with new joy, opportunities, and freshness! It is a fact that New Year is an occasion which is beyond boundaries, for it is celebrated with equal joy and zeal across the globe! Interestingly, there are different traditions associated with New Year. It is really amusing that different places have varied ways of welcoming New Year, and some are so bizarre that you’ll be left open-mouthed! Well, today’s piece is all about the bizarre New Year traditions, which you probably didn’t know about!
Some of these traditions are so weird that they’ll leave you wondering. So, in the end, do not forget to tell us in the comments about your thoughts on these bizarre New Year traditions.
Take a look at the list below and if you know about any such other customs, feel free to expand the list:
1. Breaking plates (Denmark)
Every Year on New Year’s Eve, people break or smash plates or cutlery outside the houses of others. The tradition says that the amount of smashed plates or cutlery outside your house is the amount of good luck and great fortune you’ll get the coming year.
2. Eating 12 grapes (Spain)
If you know about Spain, then you must be knowing about this tradition. It is believed that if a person eats a grape subsequently with the respective bell strikes on December 31 (midnight), he/she will have a prosperous year ahead. Did you know about it? Do you want to try it?
3. The ringing of bells 108 times (Japan)
Well, the advent of the New Year in Japan is marked by ringing bells, 108 times to be precise. The same is done because as per Buddhist traditions, it is believed that this will banish the 108 sins of humans. It is also done to free the people from the 108 worldly desires. This happens on the evening of December 31.
4. Wearing different colored underwear (Central and South America)
Now, as unusual as it sounds, the color of the underwear in some Central and South American countries is synonymous with love, wealth and great fortune. If a person wants to search for the love, she/he shall opt for the red ones. However, those who want more wealth and good fortune should go for the yellow ones.
5. Using round/circular things (Philippines)
Circles are quite evident during the beginning of the New Year for the Filipinos. They wear clothes which have polka dots, prepare a cornucopia which is full of round fruits and even toss coins around the pans while marching around the home. It is believed that by doing so, they will have a prosperous and wealthy year ahead.
Did you like these Bizarre New Year traditions? These were few among the many traditions. Bizarre or not, these traditions certainly marks the happiness that people feel which welcoming a new year.