Bizarre new year traditions practiced in different parts of the world

All of us have grown up watching our elders and ourselves following certain traditions and practices during various occasions. Be it someone’s birthday or a wedding or the new year’s celebration, every nation has its own share of beliefs that are followed religiously.

Here we are, with the most astonishing new year traditions practiced around the globe. Since the new year’s eve is less than two months ahead, I thought, this would be the best thing you would like to read today!

Japan:

The citizens of one of the developed nation are deeply rooted in their tradition and culture. They firmly believe that nothing from the past should be carried into the new year as a burden. They’ve got their own way of abandoning the unwanted baggage from the past and moving on into a new, prosperous year. People in Japan ring the bells 108 times as according to a Buddhist tradition that is believed to banish all human sins. They also believe in stepping into the new year with a big smile so as to have a great time in the coming year.

Ringing the bells
Ringing the bells

Italy:

The residents of Italy practice quite a weird and dangerous tradition on the new year. They start throwing pots, pans and old furniture from their windows at midnight. This act of abandoning or getting rid of the unwanted furniture, utensils and other stuff symbolizes the rejection of old in the favor of new. It is basically done to get rid of all the negativity from their lives and start the new year enthusiastically with all sort of positive emotions in their lives.

Old furniture
Old furniture

Spain:

Grapes are all that the people in Spain need to ensure good luck throughout the coming year. Sounds strange? Well, here’s what they actually do-  As the clock begins to strike midnight, everybody starts stuffing grapes into their mouths. They are required to stuff 12 grapes into their mouths before the clock rings 12 times so as to ensure good fortune for each month in the coming year.

Grapes
Grapes

Chile:

The citizens of Chile head straight towards the graveyard as soon as the clock strikes 11 on the night of 31st of December! Spooky, isn’t it? Well, it’s a fact. The tradition is all about welcoming the new year along with the deceased members of the family. The roots of this tradition trace back to the year 1995 when a family jumped over the cemetery fence to welcome the new year by being beside their father’s grave. It is religiously followed by the locals thereafter.

Graveyard
Graveyard

Ireland:

It’s mistletoe magic when it comes to celebrating the new year in Ireland. Wondering what makes us say that? Well, almost all of the single women in Ireland practice an age-old tradition of placing mistletoe leaves under their pillow. This is done in the hope of getting a good husband. The tradition is also said to help get rid of bad omen and any sort of negativity and drive in all the positive forces!

Mistletoe
Mistletoe

Estonia:

As a matter of fact, the numbers seven, nine, and twelve are considered lucky in Estonia. Also, the new year’s celebration for the Estonians is all about stuffing their tummies as many times as they can- seven, nine or twelve times to be precise! It is believed that every meal that a person has, increases his strength for the year. The tradition also symbolizes an abundance of food during the upcoming year.

Meal
Meal

Stunned? Well, you can also practice any of the traditions mentioned above just in case you wish to boost up your good fortune (wink)!

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