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New Years Eve Traditions From Around The World

New Years Eve Traditions From Around The World

If you’re having a New Years Eve party this year, here’s a fun way to jazz it up: do a bunch of traditions from around the world! While some may be hard to do at home (for example, burning an effigy of an old man like they do in Mexico), a lot of them are simple, easy, and a lot of fun. While results aren’t guaranteed, there can’t be any harm in trying to chase away bad spirits by jumping off a chair, like they do in Denmark.
  1. Bolivia- Slip a coin into baked goods. Whether it’s bread, cake, muffins, or any other baked good, stick a coin in before you bake it. Whoever gets the piece with the coin will be wealthy next year!
  2. Romania- Hide money under the carpet right before midnight. Legend says it will keep envious spirits away.
  3. Peru- Get into a fistfight with anyone who owes you money- don’t take old debts into the New Year!
  4. France- Eat pancakes. For those of us born to be mild.
  5. Colombia- Carry a suitcase around all day, so you’ll travel a lot next year.
  6. Denmark- Take all your unused dishes, and smash them against the doors of your family and friends. I searched for over an hour, and couldn’t find any reason for this. I like the Danes.
  7. Brazil- Eat lentils! Lentils symbolize wealth and luck, and are also packed with protein. Try them in a cold salad with chopped mango, red onion, cilantro, and a dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, and tarragon!
  8. China- Hide all the knives you own, otherwise they’ll cut up your good luck. Best get all your meal prep done the day before!
  9. Italy- Throw an old household appliance out the window. This can be anything from a whisk to a refrigerator- I’d recommend the former.
  10. Spain- Eat 12 grapes! For every grape, make a wish.