While the clock strikes midnight on the last day of the year, different countries usher in different traditions and celebrations to welcome the New Year. It’s a magical time of the year when people leave out the sorrows of the past year behind and welcome a new beginning. They tend to put their past behind and take a step into the future with a positive outlook. When it comes to celebrations each nation has their uniqueness, read on to find out some of the most weird and wonderful ways people bring in the New Year.
Sydney’s fireworks are a thing of beauty and there’s no better way to enjoy them than on board the famous New Year’s Eve Cruises on Sydney Harbour. Fireworks here represent the crossover of New Year’s Eve, marking the end of the old year and welcoming the New Year. The largest and most spectacular firework display takes place at midnight when the harbour will be swarming with people from all parts of the planet. Escape the buzzing crowds and enjoy a unique perspective of the harbour festivities including both the firework shows (8PMand 12AM) – not to mention the close-up visuals of the illuminated Opera House and Harbour Bridge. All of this, plus heavenly food and the finest of Aussie drinks, your night will keep getting better. So raise a toast, kiss or hug your special someone and welcome the New Year in style on the spectacular Sydney New Year’s Eve cruises.
We already know Spain is a hot tourist destination but did you also know that millions flock here to spend the New Year’s Eve. What started as a means to give away excess grape produce by vine growers in the early 1800s, has become one of the most beloved New Year traditions on the land. The Spaniards are now followers of a special tradition where they eat a total of 12 grapes, one each at the 12 bell strikes at midnight, as a sign of hope for a better year. They believe each grape will give them luck for one month, so a total of 12 months of good fortune and prosperity. Fall a couple of grapes shorter and you might not have much to look forward to!
Denmark likes to do things a bit different for New Year. If you want to make a friend here for New Year, all you have to do is smash a plate against their front doors! Yes, you read that right! The gesture is meant to bring a year of good luck for the recipient–the more china you have on your door, the more luck you recieve. Some believe it also leaves out all the aggression and ill-will behind, before the fresh year starts. Danes also stay in front of the TV for the Queen’s addressal plus a screening of The 90th Birthday,a black and white German comedy.
The celebrations in Ecuador are lit. Literally. They say goodbye to the old year by burning huge scarecrows, resulting in a bonfire. People make these effigies out of paper or old clothes, mask them up with a character they love/hate(from beloved cartoon characters and pop icons to hated political figures), and ignite them at the strike of midnight. These burnings of the ‘ano viejo’ are held during the end of the year to cleanse the world of all evil and make room for better days.
In Scotland there is actually a name for the day before January 1– Hogmanay. Many traditions are observed on this special occasion, but the one that easily stands out is the First Footing. Legend says that the first person who crosses the threshold of your house after midnight, should be a dark haired man bearing gifts. These gifts could be anything from coal, salt, whiskey, fruit cake and so on. These add up to the idea of having a good fortune for the next 12 months.