6 New Years Eve/Day Traditions

Chances are, we’ve all counted down from 10 and watched the ball drop in New York. But what other traditions occur on New Years Eve/Day? Today, we’ve gathered some of the traditions for New Years Eve/Day from around the world. We hope you enjoy and learn something new!

  1. Eating black-eyed peas, pork and rice

“Many believe that anyone who makes this dish…will experience luck and peace for the rest of the year.” (goodhousekeeping.com)

  1. Carry an empty suitcase

Those who live in Columbia carry an empty suitcase around the block in hopes they can travel more in the coming year. 

  1. Eat 12 grapes

In Spain, people eat 12 grapes as each grape represents one month of good luck.

  1. Wearing polka dots

People in the Philippines dress in polka dots to increase their good luck for the next year.

  1. Special underwear

Those in Brazil wear special underwear in hopes of increasing their luck for the next year.

  1. Give gifts

There was a point in time when Christmas was not allowed in Soviet Russia, so Father Frost would deliver presents on New Years instead.

Those are some interesting traditions! What traditions did you learn? What other traditions do you have for New Years Eve/Day? And make sure to follow our social media @more_than_dancers for more dance related content.

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By: AJ (Intern)

Dec 30, 2022

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