1st January is world’s most popular party date. Everyone everywhere has one or other party plan or let’s say “New Year Plan“.
Needless to say, it is one of the most traditional celebrations around the globe every year. It is neither a secular nor a particular religious festival but still accepted worldwide. Various customs are formed along this date and event. It’s interesting to see how different people celebrate the new year with various faith but same hope! Hope of a better and brighter future!!hope of happiness and prosperity.
Let’s look at some of the most unusual customs around the world:-
Happy New Year in Spainish :
The Spanish ritual on New Year’s Eve is to eat twelve grapes at midnight. The tradition is meant to secure twelve happy months in the coming year.
The Dutch burn bonfires of Christmas trees on the street and launch fireworks. The fires are meant to purge the old and welcome the new.
In Greece, New Year’s day is also the Festival of St. Basil, one of the founders of the Greek Orthodox Church. One of the traditional foods served is Vassilopitta or St Basil’s cake. A silver or gold coin is baked inside the cake. Whoever finds the coin in their piece of cake will be especially lucky during the coming year.
What better way to bring luck to your loved ones than by wearing red underneath your New Year’s party outfit. The practice is especially popular in Turkey, where stalls selling red lingerie appear over the festive period and sell out fast.
Probably the most famous tradition in the United States is the dropping of the New Year ball in Times Square, New York City, at 11:59 P.M. Thousands gather to watch the ball make its one-minute descent, arriving exactly at midnight. The tradition began in 1907. The original ball was made of iron and wood; the current ball is made of Waterford Crystal, weighs 1,070 pounds, and is six feet in diameter.
A traditional southern New Year’s dish is Hoppin’ John—black-eyed peas and ham hocks. An old saying goes, “Eat peas on New Year’s day to have plenty of everything the rest of the year.”
Another American tradition is the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Tournament of Roses parade that precedes the football game on New Year’s day is made up of elaborate and inventive floats. The first show was held in 1886.
Happy New Year in Japanese
The new year is the most important holiday in Japan and is a symbol of renewal. In December, various Bonenkai or “forget-the-year parties” are held to bid farewell to the problems and concerns of the past year and prepare for a new beginning. Misunderstandings and grudges are forgiven, and houses are scrubbed. At midnight on Dec. 31,
Buddhist temples strike their gongs 108 times, to expel 108 types of human weakness. New Year’s day itself is a day of joy and no work is to be done.
Children receive Oto shi Damas, small gifts with money inside. Sending New Year’s cards is a popular tradition—if postmarked by a certain date, the Japanese post office guarantees delivery of all New Year’s cards on Jan. 1
Happy New Year in Chinese:
The Chinese have a unique way of celebrating New Year, where every front door of a house is painted in red which symbolizes happiness and good fortune. They hide all the knives for the day so that no one cuts oneself because that may cut the entire family good luck for the coming year. However that doesn’t make any difference to the feast they have during the time.
One of the traditions is “first-footing.” Shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve, neighbors pay visits to each other and impart New Year’s wishes. Traditionally, First foots used to bring along a gift of coal for the fire, or shortbread. It is considered especially lucky if a tall, dark, and handsome man is the first to enter your house after the new year is rung in. The Edinburgh Hogmanay celebration is the largest in the country and consists of an all-night street party
Most bizarre of all, according to the users of social networking website Badoo, is one unique to a small town in central Chile which sees locals gather in the graveyard on New Year’s Eve to welcome the new year in the company of departed relatives.
Fire Crackers have always been an interesting way to celebrate the new year. With colors, lighting and noise.
Firecrackers have been used as a medium to cut the darkness and drive away the negative energy and of course, For the beautiful moments.!!
New year eve is another excuse to spend quality time with your loved ones, family friends and all, so family gatherings or parties also form part of many cultures around the world.
So here is what the world does, what about you ?