How do you celebrate the New Year’s Eve? Probably going out with your friends or family to see what’s going on on the streets, and take some festive selfies. Then eat and drink, and sleep till evening. Am I close? Well, that’s a boring way to celebrate such a grand occasion. Believe it or not, in different countries and cultures this day is celebrated, well, differently. From casting metal, to throwing bread against the wall. Some of these customs are pretty weird, so sit tight and absorb!
Here are 15 wackiest New Year’s traditions from all around the world.
1. Breaking Dishes (Denmark)
Do you like breaking dishes? Visit Denmark! They collect all their extra dishes, and pop them against the doors and walls. What a hoot!
2. Burning Ugly Scarecrows (Ecuador)
What better way to celebrate a “new beginning” than to turn a paper-filled scarecrow to cinder? The Ecuadorians sure know how to party.
3. Putting 12 Grapes in One’s Mouth (Spain)
The Spaniards are quite dirty when it comes to traditions. For example, if you can fit 12 grapes in your mouth when the clock strikes 00:00, you’ll have good luck in the upcoming year. It’s just so dirty…but I like it!
4. Everything Round (Philippines)
Money is great. Money is coins. The coins are round. Therefore everything else should be round too, in the Philippines.
5. Rainbow Underwear (South America)
Apparently, some South American countries have this strange tradition that allows you to choose your own direction for the upcoming year. It all depends on the color of the underwear you’re wearing! Red trunks mean love, gold is money, and white is peace.