A New Year celebration like many other festivals around the world has some of the strangest New Year’s traditions. Throwing bread crumbs, burning scarecrows, symbolizing a fist fight with good fortune are a few to be quoted here. So, let’s have a look at the 20 Bizarre New Year traditions around the world that might leave you in awestruck and mixed thoughts too.
- Scarecrow Burning (Ecuador)
In the name of good luck, many people in Ecuador are found to follow the tradition of burning paper filled scarecrows. Their New Year celebration also comprises the practice of burning photographs as they believe it will help them attain good fortune in the upcoming year.
- Eating 12 Grapes (Spain)
This tradition feels to be a healthy one as it is mainly about munching 12 grapes altogether at midnight. This tradition is mainly celebrated by the people of Spain.
- Round Things (Philippines)
It’s got with the cash and the main region demonstrating this tradition termed as Round things is the Philippines.
- Colored Underwear (South America)
Now, this has something to do with the colors. As funny as it seems, the name totally reflects the major theme of this very tradition. Folks in South America perceive it to be a deciding factor in their destiny.
- 108 Rings (Japan)
As per this tradition, people of Japan are supposed to ring all of their bells 108 times in sequence. They have a Buddhist belief behind this practice that that this symbolizes cleanness.
- Takanakuy Festival (Peru)
Fist fighting is one of the strangest ways for settling the disputes as per the belief system of Peruvian people. As the month of December nears the concluding days, in this small Peruvian village, people arrange a mighty fist fight to start the year off.
- Dropping Ice cream (Switzerland)
Ice cream lovers may not like the name of this particular tradition but that’s what Swiss people do to mark the New Year celebrations.
- Coin Tossing (Romania)
Giving off spare coins will bring good fortune as per the perception of Romanians.
- Water Buckets (Puerto Rico)
In Puerto Rico, people try a whole new thing to keep the evil spirits away by throwing water out of their windows using huge water-buckets
- Don’t Neglect the Cows (Belgium)
People in Belgium share a special concern with their livestock by wishing them a happy new year.
- Sweet Coins (Bolivia)
Coins are put into sweets and whoever happens to find the coins is believed to attract all the goodness in the upcoming year.
- Suitcases (Colombia)
With an expectation of achieving a travel-filled time in the coming year, people in Columbia keep their suitcases with them.
- High Jump (Denmark)
To attract good fortune, many people in Denmark climb on top of chairs and literally “jump” off it saying a happy New Year.
- Talc Smearing (Thailand)
Many people in Thailand believe that smearing each other with grey talc and throwing buckets of water on each other will make their year best.
- Cemetery Sleepover (Chile)
In Chile, people prefer spending time with the departed loved ones by sleeping the whole night besides the cemetery.
- Animal Whispering (Romania)
Romanian farmers also go on the same line with the people of Belgium. They also believe that if they succeed to communicate with cows, nothing can stop their new year from being the best.
- Bread Power (Ireland)
Hitting the walls with bread is also a well-known tradition taken up by the people of Ireland. They find it powerful enough to ward off the evil spirits.
- Furniture Disposal (South Africa)
Discarding the old furniture out of the window is considered to be the most sacred tradition of South Africans.
- Frozen Trunks (Siberia)
In Siberia, people jump into the frozen lakes carrying tree trunks along with them
- Metal Casters (Finland)
In Finland, people cast molten tin so that it attains the shape of a water-bucket and then make certain interpretations for future.