New Years Around The World

New Years Around The World

Ishika M. , Staff Writer


Do you ever wonder, “ Man, I love New Years! Eating tasty food, spending time with family and amazing vacations! But, how do other people spend their New Years? What do they do? If you’ve ever wondered this you’ve opened the right article. Today I will be going over how people celebrate their New Year’s around the world.


In Brazil for New Years people wear all-white clothes to ward off evil. Other Brazilian traditions include jumping over seven ocean waves (one for each day of the week) and throwing flowers into the sea.



Eating a spoonful of lentils at midnight and putting money at the bottom of your shoe is supposed to bring you prosperity for the next 12 months. But if you’re more daring, you can spend the night at a graveyard and ring in the new year with your deceased loved ones.



Oshogatsu, the name of the new year in japan, is celebrated with family, which both cleans and decorates the entire house together. Then natural decorations such as pine branches, plum blossoms, and bamboo play a special role in preparing for the New Year celebration.



Red is the lucky color in China so, Chinese celebrants paint their front doors red. In general, red colors New Years Eve in China, with red packets of money for children, red rackets for married couples, and red lanterns.



The New Year’s food traditions in Austria come two-fold. First, there’s finding a lucky charm that has been hidden inside a suckling pig. Then it’s onto a dessert of peppermint ice cream, which somehow represents economic windfalls in the coming year.



In a strange cultural twist, the Swiss don’t actually eat their New Year’s treat. Instead, they simply drop whipped cream on the floor and leave it there. Obviously, that means richness in the coming year, right?



While January first is certainly celebrated there, the New Year celebration in India actually has many different dates. Rongali Bihu is the most popular: It’s celebrated in mid-April, on the first day of the Hindu solar calendar. But the specific day of celebration changes from region to region.



Now that you know how so many people celebrate their New Years, you give it a try!  Try it, you may enjoy it. Thanks!