Welcome the New Year with traditions from around the world. This New Year, my neighbor’s might find me circling my house with my suitcase. Happy New Year! xx
Cuba: circle your house with a suitcase at midnight to bring travel opportunities for the year.
Brazil: wear white to ward off evil spirits and jump seven ocean waves for each day of the week.
Chili: drop a gold ring in your champagne glass for a prosperous year. Also, eat a spoonful of lentils at midnight.
France: enjoy a family dinner with foie gras and champagne and a galette des rois.
Italy: wear red underwear for good luck and enjoy a special family meal.
Austria: eat suckling pig, marzipan and maybe enjoy a Strauss concert.
Scotland: people sing the Scottish song, ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ at midnight. It’s played around the world, but it started here with Robert Burns.
England: The first footing…the first person to enter a house on January 1st should be a male with dark hair bringing coal, bread or salt.
Spain: eat twelve grapes…one with each ring of the bell when the clock strikes midnight.
Ireland: a single woman might put mistletoe under her pillow before she goes to sleep on New Year’s Eve to dream of her future love.
Philippines: wear polka dots and eat oranges to ensure a prosperous year.
Columbia: sweep your house to get rid of the bad energy.
Denmark: stand on top of a chair and leap off at midnight.
Russia: write down a wish on a piece of paper, burn the paper and put the ashes in flute and drink your wish.
America: eat black eyed peas for good luck and ham and cabbage for prosperity.
Wishing you the happiest 2014!
Skaal! Prost! Na Zdorovje! Saude! Salud! A Votre Sante, Slainte! Cin Cin! Mabuhay! Cheers!