Jacob Scaffidi, Freshman
December 31st, a day that is full of fun and enjoyment-- and as the clock strikes 12’, we all lose ourselves in the celebration. But how do other countries celebrate this exhilarating time of year? I put together a list of a few other countries and what their New Year traditions are.
Denmark: Residents keep a pile of dishes, all broken, in front of the door. For this, they save old dishes, and people usually throw these on their friends’ doors during New Year’s. This symbolizes friendship.
China: The people paint their front doors red and hide all the knives in the house for the whole day because if they get cut, so does their family’s year of good luck..
Brazil: Brazilians believe that lentils signify wealth and prosperity. A sacrificial boat filled with jewelry, candles, and flowers from the beach of Rio de Janeiro is pushed to the ocean so that it brings health, wealth, and happiness.
Austria: Austrians find a good luck charm in the suckling pig. They serve it on the dinner table with edible candy pigs, and peppermint ice creams are served as desserts to bring fortune.
The Netherlands: They burn Christmas trees in a bonfire on New Year’s Eve in the streets. This purges out the old and greets the new.
Spain: The Spanish eat 12 grapes at every toll of the clock during the New Year. They believe this will bring good luck and happiness for the upcoming 12 months.
Well there you have it: a list of various counties and their fun New Year's traditions. I don’t know about you, but I might give a few a try because so far my traditions aren’t working so well. My family might be missing a few knives for a day. We could all use a bit more good luck.. Let us know your special traditions for the New Year on twitter @ehsbuzzmagazine. Wishing you a happy 2016 and hoping it is the best one yet.