Well, it is that time of the year all over again when you are wondering what to do on the New Year’s Eve. Partying with family, having fun with friends, looking for passes for the happening events, trying to get entry to the most eclectic attractions in town or simply getting that much needed break from work and spending a day all wrapped up in your blankets, with a bowl of popcorn and watching your favourite movies. Then, its time to travel and discover the places across the globe which herald the New Year in their very own unusual and weird ways. From eating grapes and pomegranates to throwing furniture and water from your windows, the list has it all.
Eating 12 Grapes as the clock strikes 12 in Spain: The Spaniards eat 12 grapes at every stroke of the clock as it strikes 12 on the New Year’s Eve. Each grape signifies one month of the New Year and it is believed to bring good luck throughout the year.
Breaking of old utensils on the doors of friends and neighbours in Denmark: The Danes break old plates and glasses against friends’ and relatives’ doors as a sign of friendship.
Placing mirrors together to see your future husband in Belarus: If two mirrors are placed correctly, it is believed that a girl will be able to see the face of her future husband in one of the glasses!
Fill your belly on the New Year’s Day in Estonia: People should eat 7, 9 or 12 times on the New Year day in Estonia. This signifies that you will not remain hungry and will have abundant food all through the New Year.
Be the “First Footer” lucky charm for your friends in Scotland: “First Footer”- The first person to come into your house on New Year’s Day decides the family’s luck for the rest of the year and they have to carry a gift for luck.
Start the Year on the ‘Right Foot’ in Brazil: Hop three times on your right foot with your glass of champagne in hand, as this signifies starting the year on the “right” foot.
Throw furniture of your windows in South Africa: Start the New Year afresh by throwing old furniture out of your windows.
Drop a dollop of icecream on the floor in Switzerland: Dropping a dollop of ice cream on the floor to ring in the New Year with good luck, wealth and peace. (Don’t forget to clean up afterwards!)
Throw pails of water from windows in Puerto Rico: People throw pails of water from their windows at midnight in a bid to chase away the evil eye.
Enjoy ‘Forget–the-Year’ parties in Japan: The Japanese celebrate “forget-the-year” parties as they consider the New Year’s Eve to be a day to forgive and forget. They also hang straw ropes across their homes’ facades to ward away evil spirits.
Walk around with ‘empty suitcases’ in Colombia: People walk around their neighbourhood with empty suitcases, in the hope that their New Year is full of travel.
Wear colourful underwears to in South America: People don brightly colored underpants to ring in the New Year—red if they’re looking for love, and Gold means wealth, and white signifies peace.
Indulge in fist–fight to resolve your differences in Peru: People indulge in fistfight in Peru to settle their differences. It signifies the start of the New Year on a clean slate.
Coins baked into sweets and thrown on streets in Bolivia: In Bolivia coins are baked into sweets and whoever finds the coins has good luck for the next year.
Visit the graveyard to be with your loved ones in Chile on New Year: People spend the night in the cemetery remembering the loved ones they lost over the last year in Talca city, Chile.