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New Year’s Eve traditions from
around the world

People across the country
bring in the new year in a
variety of ways, from enjoying
lavish, multi-course meals to
watching the Times Square
ball drop on TV and popping
champagne at the stroke
of midnight. Here’s a look at
how people in other countries
observe New Year’s Eve.
Brazil
You won’t see extravagant
costumes at this Brazilian
celebration. Instead, people
wear white to symbolize peace
and prosperity for the year
ahead.

Denmark
Just
before
midnight, it’s
tradition
for
Danes to stand
on chairs. This
is so they can
jump off when
the clock strikes
12 to symbolize
leaping
into
the new year.

South Korea
In seaside towns across the
country, people gather on the
beach to watch the first sunrise
of the year. It’s said that if you
make a wish at sunrise, it’ll
come true.

Estonia
Since
seven
is a lucky number, Estonians
make sure to eat seven meals
on New Year’s Eve. This is said
to provide the strength of seven
men for the year to come.

Spain
In Spain, people ring in the
new year by eating 12 grapes,
one at each stroke of midnight.
Doing so brings good luck and
prosperity for the 365 days to
come.

Japan
Across the country, bells are
rung at Buddhist temples 108
times before midnight. This
number symbolizes worldly
desires, and the practice is
intended to chase them away.

Turkey
Fruitalsomakesanappearance
at Turkish celebrations, where
pomegranates are smashed
on the ground in front of homes
to welcome the new year.

Philippines
Among Filipinos,
circles are said
to bring luck.
In addition to
wearing
polka

dot patterns, it’s tradition to
eat 12 round fruits — one for
each month — to attract good
fortune.

Cheers to a happy and healthy
year!

(Content courtesy of Newspaper Toolbox and the Elko Daily Free Press)

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