The biggest, fanciest party of the year is just around the corner. Everyone makes their own traditions for this holiday. And, there are indeed countless ways to say farewell to the old year and greet the new one. From spending a quiet evening at home in front of the TV - to the most glamorous parties and feasts. Meanwhile, the superstitions for luck, abundance, and prosperity range from hilarious to downright obnoxious! Let's go on a fun trip around the world and take a closer look at some of the ways into a happy new year.
Wear Yellow Undies...
In Colombia and a few other countries of Central and South America brightly colored underwear is a must!
On New Year's Eve especially, wearing red or yellow undies might greatly increase your chances of finding love or luck in the coming year.
Yellow is by far the most popular color choice. So much so that they even sell sun-colored underthings on the streets before the holiday.
Out the Window They Go...
In South Africa (also in Italy, according to some sources) the locals throw their unwanted furniture and appliances out the window on New Year's Eve. The local traditional belief is that guarantees a fresh start in new year. I sure hope they first check the street is deserted.
Walk Your empty suitcase!
To have a year filled with travels and new experiences, walk your empty suitcase around the block! At least that's what they say and do in Mexico and a few other Latin American countries. These same people will also toss a glass of water out of their window on New Year's Eve. For fewer tears in the future.
Smash Some Plates...
Purely as a sign of affection, people in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, smash plates on their neighbors' houses. The smashing is done after midnight - for good luck. Whoever has the biggest pile of broken plates on their doorstep in the morning - has the most loyal friends!
Make a Lot of Noise!
Filipinos seem to have the longest list of rules, traditions, and superstitions when it comes to celebrating the upcoming new year. I've learned by now that all of their parties really do get noisy. I just didn't know what the reason for all that hubbub might be. And now I do! 🙂
Source of all the Filipino rules, listed below: TagalogAng
In preparations for the New Year's eve...
- Make as much noise as you can - to scare away the evil spirits.
- Turn on all the lights so that the coming year is bright.
- Open all doors, windows, cabinets and drawers to let good fortune in.
- Clean everything.
- Debts must be paid off. Fill you wallet with fresh peso bills. (Filipinos believe that whatever your financial state is in at the stroke of midnight, so it will be in the new year.)
- Wear polka-dots. Anything round signifies prosperity.
- Scatter coins around the house, on tabletops, inside drawers...
- Jump twelve times at midnight to increase your height.
Filipino-style Food for new year's eve
- Prepare 12 round fruits, one for each month of the coming new year.
- Have a very round grape in your mouth at the stroke of midnight.
- Eat a native delicacy made from sticky rice to make good fortune stick in the new year.
- Eat long noodles (pansit) for long life.
- Don’t have chicken or fish. They are associated with the scarcity of food.
On New Year's Day in Philippines...
- Don’t clean anything! You might sweep away the good fortune that came in on New Year’s Eve.
- Don’t spend money at all. Your thriftiness on the first day of the year will indicate your money management in the coming year.