Bringing in the New Year

9 Ways to Greet 2017!

With New Year just around the corner, we put together a list of traditions celebrated far and wide. We hope they inspire you to have a safe and meaningful start to 2017!

Hungary- On New Year’s Eve, Budapest’s Time Wheel runs out, it is then mechanically rotated so that the sand can run through it for another year. 

Spain- Many Spanish and Latin-American people eat 12 grapes in times with the 12 chimes of the clock at midnight, a tradition which is said to secure them with a happy year to come.

North Carolina- Despite protests by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, people of Brasstown participate in a traditional New Year ‘possum drop’, which does exactly what it says on the tin. 

Bahamas- The Traditional New Year’s Day Junkanoo parade sees people don elaborate costumes they’ve spent months creating, with the best ones winning prizes. 

Canada- Known as the Polar Bear Swim, the tradition started in 1920 and involves people jumping into the freezing waters of the English Bay on New Year’s Day.

Macedonia- Macedonian’s celebrate a second New Year’s Eve on the 14th of January, per the Macedonian Orthodox Calendar. On this day children receive presents from relatives- lucky things!

Norway- A dessert called ‘kransekage’ is eaten to celebrate the new year in Denmark and Norway.  Traditionally, a tall cake with many layers, it is made with marzipan and decorated with flags and features a bottle of wine in the center. 

Denmark- Dane’s like nothing more than seeing in the new year by smashing plates on their neighbors’ doorstep. The more broken crockery at your door, the better your luck for the coming year. 

Bolivia- Bolivians believe that wearing bright yellow underwear on New Year’s Eve will increase their fortune for the year to come.

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