Whimsical New Year traditions in different countries
New Year - is not only a fun time, but also funny traditions associated with the various superstitions that are supposed to ensure good luck in the coming year. Celebrate the New Year just in red lingerie eating grapes under the chiming clock or walk around the house with a suitcase - it is only those few quaint New Year traditions in different countries, of which you will learn from our informative article.
The Spaniards greeted the New Year with family and friends. By tradition, at midnight, all together they go to the main city square to a chiming clock to eat exactly 12 grapes. Under each hit hours need to have time to eat a grape, while standing on the left foot to the right could ... get in the coming year. This custom dates back to 1909, in which an abundant harvest of grapes was harvested, and the cunning farmers thus have come up with how to sell such a huge amount of fruit. According to this tradition, eaten during the New Year grapes must bring prosperity in the coming year. There are grapes under the chimes are not so simple, so just before the New Year in stores in Spain sell special jars with 12 grapes, peeled and pitted. Grapes on the tradition it is necessary to wash it down with champagne.
What is interesting is that in Salamanca New Year meet ... on 15 December. Salamanca - this is a university town, full of students, who tend to come back for Christmas vacation to his home. Therefore, together they celebrate the New Year on 15 December. Especially for them, the Plaza Mayor sounding bells, announcing the coming of the New Year on this day.
And that's not all New Year Spanish superstition. To the coming year was money, the Spaniards throw gold rings in the glasses of champagne, which was raised during the New Year's toast. If we throw in the champagne grain lentils, then the next year you provided food abundance. And wealth and prosperity you can provide a green banknote in his hands during the battle of chimes. Well, at the very end, if after hours of bumps to put a clove of garlic in a purse - the money in the next year will not run.
A lot of Brazilians in the New Year's Eve dress white robes, which are believed to have to bring them happiness and peace in the coming year.
Brazilians have another beautiful Christmas tradition, shortly before the New Year they bring sacrifice to the goddess of the sea - Yemanji. On all beaches in Brazil, the day before the New Year, residents released into the sea a boat with gifts for Yemanji and cast into the waves bouquets of white flowers. Thus, residents want to bring good luck, prosperity and abundance in the coming year. In Brazil, no one party can not do without dance - performed by residents candomble dance, introducing them into a trance.
About two million people annually celebrate the New Year on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro - drink and dance to the rhythms of Brazilian music hot. And at midnight, enjoy the spectacular show of fireworks on the beach.
The Italians celebrated the New Year always in red lingerie, which, according to popular belief, is to bring them happiness in the coming year, and unmarried ladies - to help meet your soul mate.
It is very important for the Italians is also the one they first meet in the new year. A man should meet a woman, and a woman - a man, then good luck to them is guaranteed.
Another Italian tradition that should bring prosperity and well-being - it is eaten serving of soup or another dish with lentils shortly before midnight. The success of the residents of Italy can bring shellfish and seafood on New Year's table. Is a symbol of prosperity and pork, served in the New Year's Eve like cotechino - big, raw and seasoned sausage or stuffed pork leg.
In Ecuador, there is a tradition to sew dolls called Años Viejos, who represent real people, often infamous politicians, or the events of the year. These dolls New Year's Eve fill the streets of the Ecuadorian cities. Dolls made of paper, old clothes and straw, some of them filled with firecrackers. At midnight, they set fire to the Ecuadorians. Last minute dolls are symbolic farewell to the old year and the New Year.
New Year in Greece coincides with the day of St. Basil (Greek Santa Claus). It's time for presents. Children leave their shoes by the fireplace in the hope that Saint Basil will bring them gifts. By tradition, New Year's preparing cake - vassilopita, which is covered with lucky coin. The one who gets the piece with the coin will be particularly happy in the coming year.
Even in ancient Greece there was a tradition of divination on wine - oinomancja. Before you drink a glass to the New Year, it was necessary to look at the bubbles. If bubbles are many, and they are boiling, so in the coming year will be a lot of changes, romances and even accidents. If the bubble is small, and they rise straight chain - which means health and joyful family life. If bubbles chains intersect - in the coming year must be careful, as this is a harbinger of health problems and finances.
Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia and Mexico,
In these countries, residents taking up the suitcases ... and wear them around the house to the next year they got a lot of travel. And in order to attract wealth and abundance Mexicans decorate their homes in red, yellow, green and white colors.
New Year in Japan is called O-Shōgatsu, which means the first month of the year. Prior to the beginning of the new year the Japanese are trying to finish all the unfinished business, unresolved disputes, pay off debts and clean the apartment. To consign to oblivion all the old year worries, the Japanese organize bonen-kai - a gala dinner with the family, which is the main dish toshikoshi-soba - buckwheat noodles - a symbol of longevity.
At midnight in Japan dealt a bell Buddhist temples, namely, 108 strikes, which should free the citizens from the evil forces. 108 - the number of temptations, which, according to Buddhism, there is in every human being. New Year's meeting in Japan last three days. For the Japanese, in the coming year it is very important to first visit the temple. Entrances and gates are decorated with Japanese kodomatsu - ornaments made of pine, plum or bamboo - for longevity and prosperity. New Year in Japan - it is also a long-awaited time for children who receive a gift - toshidama - money in small, beautifully decorated envelopes
Interesting Christmas Bulgarian tradition - it surwakari. After midnight, the young Bulgarians go from house to house, wishing their hosts health and happiness in the new year. At the same time they hit them on the back with small sprigs of dogwood, decorated with candies, popcorn, or dried fruits, called "survachkami". The owner of the house, which "broke" sprig should repay their "torturers" candy, coins or other gifts.
Even in Bulgaria, if someone sneezes on the eve of the New Year, it is considered a good omen. And the first born in the new year animal will receive a name of a person who has sneezed on New Years Eve.
Most Filipinos spend New Year's Eve with family and close friends for a festive dinner. On this night, the whole family has to come together to in the coming year, no one died. On the festive table Filipinos must lie 12 round fruits that symbolize the months of the year. Round objects, according to local beliefs, bring prosperity and money, so the patterns on Christmas outfits Philippine residents, as you may have guessed, are very different circles.
Filipinos still fill their purses to overflowing with money and coins in front of the New Year, so in the coming year there was a lot of money. The children in the New Year's Eve jump in height according to tradition, to ... to grow even more. In the Philippines, the New Year are very noisy, because it is considered that the noise drives away evil spirits. Some residents in the hope of providing a wealth in the coming year, walking around the house and shake a saucepan filled with coins. In the Philippines, as in Spain, there is a tradition that at midnight to eat 12 vinogradinok.