Before the advent of yet another New Year, it would be nice to take a look at some of the most interesting traditions from across the world. These traditions vary from place to place, and are definitely some of most interesting ones that you can come across. New Year parties across the world define the coming of a New Year, as people come out in hoards to celebrate the passing of all things old and welcoming the new.
Denmark redefines the idea of a unique New Year celebration where they simply smash plates. Yes, you read that right. While most countries host New Year parties to spend quality time with friends and family, in Denmark you are required to pick up your unwanted crockery and smash them against the front doors of your friend’s door. Your popularity will reflect on the heap on your doorstep.
The Chinese New Year is a much-celebrated event, which is colourful and exciting. Here in China, you can take part in many traditions of Chinese New Year. One particular tradition is handing out cash in red envelopes. Elders usually hand out various sums of money to the young people in red envelopes. Yet another tradition here is bursting firecrackers that burst aloud. It is believed that the sound and fire can ward off evil spirits.
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The tradition requires you to write your New Year’s wish on a piece of paper and then set it alight. You then need to drop the remains into your champagne glass, and of course, drink it before the clock goes past 12.
New Year’s Eve is also known as Omisoka, and the tradition is ringing bells in Buddhist temples, and that too exactly 108 times. The reason for 108 is that this is the number of human desires, which means the causes of suffering. Thus, this could take away all negative emotions, and the best place to go to is Zojoji Temple in Tokyo.
Thai people celebrate new year with the festival of ‘Songkran’, by splashing water onto each other. You will find lots of people walking the streets with buckets of water, ready to attack each other. There is also a need for spending time with family and, hence, you will find a lot of young people visiting elders in the family. Visiting temples is yet another important New Year’s tradition.
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