6 New Year’s Eve Traditions from Around the World

Tomorrow will be a new day and the start of a new year, and many of us will celebrate and ring in another year in different ways across the world. Though firework shows will be displayed from Sydney to Dubai and Paris to Rio de Janeiro, we all have unique traditions. Gearing up for 2022, here are six New Year’s Eve traditions from around the globe!

  1. In Brazil, it is common to eat lentils in the hopes of good financial fortune in the new year. Everyone also wears white for good luck and peace and jumps over seven ocean? waves, each granting you a wish.
  2. With each stroke of the clock at midnight, you’ll find Spaniards eating 12 grapes to represent good luck for each month of the new year. Many Latin American countries have also adopted this tradition.
  3. Watch out in Denmark because it is tradition to smash plates and glasses by front doors to get rid of any evil spirits.
  4. Scotland lights up during its Hogmanay Festival involving bonfires and the singing of Robert Burns’s “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight.
  5. In many Southern United States, it is tradition to eat a dish called Hoppin’ John, which consists of black-eyed peas, pork, and rice.
  6. Take an umbrella to Puerto Rico because it is custom to dump buckets of water out windows to ward off evil spirits. To bring in good luck, you’ll find sugar sprinkled outside houses. However, if you’re near a beach at midnight on New Year’s Eve, make sure to fall back into the waves to get rid of evil spirits.