We have round up a few unique New Year's eve traditions around the world from eating 12 grapes before midnight, releasing 1000 lanterns, dropping a dollop of ice cream, smashing plates to consuming soba noodles. Can you name which countries each tradition represent? Scroll down to find out.
Each year, Spaniards engage in the annual tradition of eating one grape for every toll of the clock at midnight. The 12 grapes consumed are meant to represent good luck for each month of the year. Some even prepare their grapes by peeling and seeding beforehand to ensure they are easy to consume. The tradition is believed to have originated at the turn of the 20th century in the southern part of the country where makers of wine worked to boost demand for grapes in the winter.
It is a common tradition among tourists to visit Sikunir Hill in Dieng, Central Java to celebrate Christmas and New Years. The highlight of the entire event is the 1000 Lantern Festival, where spectators release 1000 lanterns into the evening sky. Over 3000 tourists from all over the world attended the event. The sight of the golden lanterns against the dark sky creates a tranquil atmosphere that leaves you in awe.
In celebratory of the New Year, the Swiss channel good luck, wealth and abundance by dropping a dollop of ice cream on the floor at midnight. They also line up the streets in colorful costumes and perform symbolic ceremonies intended to chase away bad spirits.
To bring fortune and prosperity to those who participate, partygoers in Colombia carry empty suitcases at midnight in hopes of inducing a year of travel. They also bear money in hand to attract financial security and stability in the coming year. Lentils are believed to bring luck and affluence, so many bake them into their rice or carry them in their pockets.
The Dutch New Year’s traditions are marked with fireworks and incredible explosions for hours at a time. Another Dutch New Year’s tradition is consuming oliebollen “oil balls”, bite-sized balls of fried dough dipped in powdered sugar sold on street corners and shopping centers. To top the night off, swimmers jump into the freezing waters of the North Sea to celebrate the New Year.
The Danish celebrates the New Year by smashing plates and old dishes. They save their unused dinnerware and affectionally shatter them against doors of their families and friends as a way to ward off bad spirits.
Oshugatsu, the Japanese New Year is one of the most important holidays in Japan. On New Year’s Day, the Japanese wear traditional kimonos, consume soba noodles to signify longevity. Children receive otoshidama, which are small gifts with money inside.
Home for the Holidays
It is safe to say we will all be home for the holidays, within the secure walls and comfort of our homes. But that doesn't mean we won't be dressing up in style! We are prepping our outfits for all seasons — silk pyjamas for London's cold winters; a tulle mini Zimmerman dress for Christmas dinner down under and decked in a white double-breasted white suit ready to sip a Moscow Mule in hand. Which of these styles suits you best, you reckon?
Look #1 - London Calling
Coco Baronet Silk Velvet Pyjama, Olivia Von Halle
Floral Velvet Slippers, Alberta Ferreti
Pharaoh Party Crystal Clip Earrings, Beghum Khan
Micro Blanket in Suede Marigold, Marie De La Roche
Look #2 - Disco in Moscow
Clara Double-Breasted Blazer, Rebecca Vallance
Clara Straight-Leg Pants, Rebecca Vallance
Leather Ankle Boots, Aquazzura
Constellation 18K White Gold Vermeil Pearl Diamond Choker, Anabela Chan
18K White Gold Diamond Tropical Drops, Anabela Chan
Seda in Croc Emerald, Marie De La Roche
Look #3 - Somewhere in Sydney
Ladybeetle Fortune Tulle Mini Dress, Zimmermann
Silver Ankle Boot, Sergio Rossi
Sea Star Clip Earrings, Beghum Khan
Atena Purse-Sling Bag in Evening, Marie De La Roche