New Year Celebration: Italy
Fireworks are a huge part in the Italian New Year's Eve celebration, especially in the Southern, where, every year, they cause accidents and death. A less dangerous tradition wants Italian people throwing old things, such as unused plates, chipped cups or pottery, out of the window exactly at midnight. Getting rid of useless stuff means that you are finally making room for new things in your life. Do not forget, during New Year’s Eve, to wear red underwear and red lingerie to bring love and passion in your life.
New Year Celebration: France
The French people celebrate New Year's Eve in a quieter way than the Italian neighbours, since fireworks were banned years ago. New Year's Eve is usually spent with friends at home enjoying the best food ever: caviar, oysters, foie gras and champagne. But as midnight strikes, people are supposed to make the biggest noise possible: screaming, shouting and whatever scare away demons and evil spirits.
New Year Celebration: Great Britain
The most cherished New Year's Eve tradition in UK is the midnight kiss. Because it is not just a simple kiss: the person you are going to kiss will set the tone for the rest of the new year. No kissing jerks, then!
In Scotland after the clock has struck midnight, it is very important to be the first person crossing the threshold of a friend’s home: he will bring good luck for the coming year. The luckiest first-footer are dark hair men; fair hair men bring bad luck instead, but if they carry a gift, they all automatically bring good luck. Gifts must be things like a coin to bring prosperity, bread for food, coal for warmth or a drink for cheer.
In Wales, the big tradition on New Year’s Day is Calennig, a Welsh word to indicate a New Year gift. This tradition started in the past, when children would go from house to house singing and wishing happy New Year. They would also carry and offer skewered apples, corn and raisins and, in return, they would receive gifts such as money or food.
Fire festivals are still common to celebrate the oncoming year in various parts of England and Scotland. Fires are believed to burn bad spirits from the previous year and purify the new one.
In Ireland it is very important to get rid of evil spirits in the New Year. That’s why they hit the walls with bread... Bread appears to be very effective against evil.
New Year Celebration: Denmark
During New Year's Eve, in Denmark old plates and chipped dishes are going to be shattered against the doors of dearest friends and family. Believe it or not, shattering dishes against your door bring good luck for the oncoming year. Another weird tradition which brings good luck consists in climbing on top of chairs and literally jump down... into the New Year.
New Year Celebration: Switzerland
In this quiet country, the best way to be sure to be lucky in the new year consists in dropping ice cream on the floor… in the flavour you like.
New Year Celebration: Belgium and Romania
In Belgium and Romania, livestock is taken very seriously on New Year's Eve: farmers in Belgium wish happy New Year to cows and bulls, while in Romania, they try to communicate with them: if they feel that in some way the animals understood and answered the new year is going to be very lucky. Still in Romania, if you do not own cows or bulls, you can still have good luck throwing coins into a river. If you are worried about evil spirits, you can instead dress up as a dancing bear: it looks like bears can protect people against evil.
New Year Celebration: Finland
Do not try at home what Finnish do the predict the oncoming year: they melt a special metal at a very high temperature and drop it into a bucket of water. Then they try to read the future “reading” the shape of the metal as soon as it gets cool.
New Year Celebration: Stati Uniti
In New York, a massive crowd of people wait for the New Year in Times Square counting down to midnight. But the big symbol of the oncoming year is the ball drop: a shining ball is lowered down a huge pole, to indicate the start of the new year. This drop has become so famous that in other US cities people started to drop all sort of things on New Year's Eve.
New Year Celebration: Japan
In Japan, bells are the main symbol of New Year's Eve. In this Pacific Ocean island, bells will ring 108 times following the Buddhist belief that this will bring purity in the New Year. It’s also very important to welcome the New Year smiling: it will bring good luck.
New Year Celebration: New Zealand
In New Zealand the new year will be welcomed by an impressive firework show based on Auckland Sky Tower. Also in Australia, in Sydney harbour, fireworks will impress the crowd waiting to welcome the New Year.
New Year Celebration: Ecuador
In Ecuador, in South America, New Year will be welcomed by burning scarecrows filled with paper, exactly at midnight. Burning last year photographs also will bring good fortune.
New Year Celebration: Chile
In Chile, family always celebrate New Year with the loved ones, even if they are already dead. Tradition wants families spending the night in cemeteries, close to their deceased loved ones.
New Year Celebration: Colombia
In this South American country, we think they have the best celebration of New Year ever: people carry around their suitcases hoping next year to be able to travel around the world.