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How Nations Celebrate New Year's Eve

by AnaG (writer), Belgrade, Serbia, September 16, 2016

Were you ever wondering how people around your country celebrate New Year’s Eve? Great, because we’ve done some research just for you!

New Year’s Eve in Japan

This special night is also known as “Oshogatsu” in Japan, and on that night, families always get together only with their closest friends. The way Japanese people decorate their homes is also very interesting, as it represents a symbol of true fortune. There’s one important rule to follow in Japan for New Year’s Eve, and that’s for everyone get rid of all their issues, so that their following year can come with no fuss.

New Year’s Eve in Greece

In Greece, New Year’s Eve is celebrated as the Day of Saint Basil (Agios Vasilis). He is one of the “fathers” of the Greek Orthodox church, and the 1st of January marks the day he died. The Greek tradition consists of preparing a special type of bread, where one metal coin gets placed inside the dough. Also, the procedure of serving this bread is unique - the first slice is served to God, the second one goes to the entire family, and the third one goes to the neighborhood. It is said that if the last piece of this bread contains the coin, spring will come earlier, but, if anyone inside the family finds it, that person will have more luck.

New Year’s Eve in England

If you’re the first guest after midnight, there are several rules to follow:

1. Make sure you enter through the front door

2. Bring some traditional gifts - some coal to light the fire, and a loaf of bread are good examplesOtherwise - you might get kicked out! :)

New Year’s Eve in Denmark

Breaking dishes is a tradition in Denmark, believe it or not! It is said that whoever breaks the most dishes has the highest number of friends!

New Year’s Eve in Austria

New Year’s Eve is special in Austria as well, because the setting of the sun begins with fried pork served with mint ice cream. Austrians believe this type of ritual attracts wealth, which is why many citizens respect this tradition.

New Year’s Eve in the USA

A kiss at midnight is the most magical way of celebrating New Year’s Eve! Looking for true love? You might as well steal that kiss from a person you like ;)

New Year’s Eve in the Netherlands

The Dutch celebrate New Year’s Eve with a big bonfire in which they eventually place the Christmas tree. This represents a way to “clean” the previous year and welcome the new one.

New Year’s Eve in China

The Chinese celebrate New Year’s Eve in a special way - all front doors get painted in red, which marks the symbol of fortune and good luck. Also, all knives are kept away from everyone’s homes so that nobody can get cut, because that would bring bad luck to everyone around them.

New Year’s Eve in Serbia

Serbians actually celebrate New Year two times! The first time, on 31th of December is all about partying! Events, clubs, restaurants, public concerts - you name it! New Year in Serbia as really fun! On 13th of January Serbians celebrate the ''Old New Year'', actually the orthodox one that is a bit more of a family reunioun...but partying doesn't lack as well!

New Year’s Eve in Brazil

Brazilian people use lentils (a special plant) as something that brings good luck and wealth. They make stew out of it. All religious people dress in blue and white, colours which represent the Goddess of Water.

Also, Brazilians honor the tradition of sacrificing a ship full of jewels and lit candles, which gets sunk near a harbor in Rio. This is also a method of attracting good luck and fortune.

New Year’s Eve in Egypt

This special night in Egypt begins as soon as the full moon shows up on the sky. After that moment, the party begins with a huge festival, present all across the country. An official start of the celebration is announced in Cairo by religious representatives.

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AnaG is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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