While the beginning of the new year celebrated around the world, every country puts its own local spin on the festivities. From vegetables hung on the door to lucky undergarments, the various rituals are truly fascinating, Here are just a couple of New Year’s traditions from around the world.
On New Year’s Eve in Greece, an onion is hung on the front door of many homes, symbolizing rebirth in the New Year. During the daytime, parents wake their kids up by tapping them on the head with an onion.
On New Year’s Eve in Spain, it is traditional to eat 12 grapes – one at each stroke of the clock at midnight. Each grape represents good luck for each month of the coming year. In the country’s major cities, people gather at the main squares to eat grapes and drink bottles of cava.
In the Philippines, one can find round shapes placed everywhere. They represent coins, symbolizing prosperity in the coming year. Many people even wear clothing with polka dot patterns for good luck.
In Brazil and other South American counties, it is considered lucky to wear a special pair of underwear on New Year’s Eve. Red is one of the more popular colors, as it symbolizes love in the New Year. Alternatively, yellow is thought to bring money.