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How to Have a Happy New Year Anywhere

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 Many New Year’s traditions we take for granted date back to ancient times. Ring out the past and welcome the new year with a few New Year traditions! Discover many ways to celebrate 2023’s birth, including singing “Auld Lang Syne”, eating black-eyed beans for luck, and eating 12 grapes at midnight.

Make some noise

A lot of light and noise–from fireworks to gunshots to church bells- seems to be a popular New Year’s tradition around the world.

  • Thailand used to have a tradition of firing guns to scare off demons.
  • China’s firecrackers defeated the forces of darkness.
  • To banish evil spirits, Danes throw plates and glasses at each other’s front doors.
  • It is a tradition in Ecuador to burn the effigies famous people to get rid of bad “juju”, and to start over.
  • The sound of gunshots rang throughout the air in the early American colonies.
  • Today, Americans can watch the ball drop at Times Square in New York.
  • Many people wait in other countries for the church bells and the chimes from clock towers to ring.

Eat Lucky Food

Many traditions of the New Year involve food. Here are some:

  • People in Spain try to eat 12 grapes within 12 minutes of midnight. According to tradition, if they succeed before the chimes stop they will be blessed with good luck for the next 12 months.
  • Black-eyed peas in the south and pork are signs of good fortune. Moreover Check out our Hoppin’ John recipe!
  • Scotland, where Hogmanayis are celebrated, hosts bonfire ceremonies. Here people march while swinging huge fireballs from poles.
  • Any ring-shaped treat, such as a doughnut, can be eaten to symbolize “coming full circle” which leads to good fortune. In Dutch homes, fritters called olie bollen are served.
  • Bannocks are a type of pastry that the Irish love.
  • Rice is a promise of prosperity in India and Pakistan.
  • A Rosh Hashanah tradition is to dip apples in honey.
  • Swiss homes allow dollops of whipped cream to be dropped on the floors to signify the richest year ahead.

Enjoy a drink

The popping of champagne corks signals the start of the New Year all over the globe, but some countries have their own traditions with beverage-based beverages.

  • Wassail is a punch-like drink that’s served in certain parts of England. And It’s named after the Gaelic word for “good health”.
  • The Scottish version of Wassail is spiced “hot pint”. The Scots used to drink to their neighbors’ prosperity, and they also gave this warm drink to them as a small gift.
  • Cava, a sparkling white wine from Spain, is commonly served to guests as toast.

Give a gift

Once upon a time, New Year’s Day was a day to exchange gifts.

  • The new year was marked in Rome by gifts of coins or nuts gilded with gold.
  • The Persians exchanged eggs, which are the symbol of fertility.
  • The first Egyptians traded earthenware flasks.
  • For good luck, silverware, shortbread, and coal were exchanged in Scotland.

Get your best foot forward

Hogmanay is a Scottish holiday that falls on December 31. In Scotland, the tradition of “First Footing”, or the “first foot” entering a house after midnight, is still very common. The year’s first footer is the person who crosses the threshold into a home.

The tradition is different, but if the first footer stands tall and dark, it will make the year a happy one. Hogmanay parties are meant to be a welcoming party for friends and strangers.MoreoverThere will be lots of kissing and warm hospitality!

Change a leaf

It’s a great time to reflect on your life at the beginning of a new calendar year.

  • Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday that encourages Jews to reflect and pray, as well visiting graves.
  • Watch-night services are held by Christian churches. This custom began in 1770 at Old St. Georges Methodist Church, Philadelphia.
  • Another way to look back on the past and make plans for the future is to set New Year’s Resolutions.

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