Here are 25 of the strangest New Year’s traditions from around the world. They might be strange to us, but they are as common as hummus, black eye peas and apple pie to those in Arab countries, in the Americas or Africa.
The 25th tradition I believed was natural to Greece, but it’s in Denmark, where plates are broken as a tradition to start the New Year. But what they do and how they break these plates is what make it unusual.
Number 25 in the countdown is: Broken Plates.
“In Denmark they save all their unused dishes until the 31 of December when they affectionally shatter them against the doors of all their friends and family.”
Seriously? Now who would do that to love ones? Well, it’s a traditional endearment! So unique are the worldwide traditions with food, colorful underwear, having round things and even scarecrows burning.
Twenty-four more traditions
The next one I never heard of, and my parents are from Puerto Rico. In some areas of Puerto Rico, the throwing of pails of water out of windows is done to drive away evil spirits! The movie below features 25 traditions. Among these customs are those:
To honor animals, baking of coins into sweets (Yikes! Too dangerous!), pancakes, carrying of suitcases all day (December 31), bringing in the New Year jumping, sleepover at cemeteries, animal whispering, bread power, furniture disposal, burning things, and overeating for abundance. The movie shows the whole list of traditions.
Which one will you be doing?
Happy New Year!
25 Strangest New Year’s Traditions From Around The World
The Spanish New Year’s Eve Tradition of the 12 grapes started over a century ago. Here is how the New Year in Spain and its diaspora throughout the Americas bring in the New Year.