Depending on the country, different traditions exist to celebrate the passage to the new year.
In France, the evening of December 31 is synonymous with festivities and gastronomic meals with foie gras, smoked salmon and champagne.
In Canada, tens of thousands of people are swimming in icy water that is close to 0°C. This is called the « polar bear dip ».
In Spain, it is customary to eat 12 grapes, 1 grape per second during the 12 strokes of midnight. If the 12 grapes are eaten in time, the year will be synonymous with happiness and luck.
In Denmark, the used and broken dishes during the year are thrown away at the doorstep of his friends’ houses. The higher the pile, the more it shows how much you are appreciated as a friend.
In Brazil, let’s go to the beach : you have to jump over the waves 7 times, making a wish each time. An alternative exists for Brazilians who don’t live near the ocean : jump 3 times on the right foot, or climb on a stool with the right foot.
In Russia, at the sound of the twelve bells, the Russians write a wish on a piece of paper, burn it and throw the ashes in their glass of champagne. They then have one minute to drink their glass so that their wish comes true.
Many traditions like these exist around the world for New Year’s Day, feel free to try some of them 😉