New Year’s Traditions Around the World

Explore 10 New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world. These traditions are easy to incorporate into your New Year’s celebration for a fun and educational experience for kids!

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  • 1. Wear an All-White Outfit
    • Everyone wears white in Brazil for good luck and peace in the new year.
  • 2. Break a Plate
    • In Denmark, it’s tradition to break dishes on your friends’ and family’s doorsteps for good luck.
  • 3. Enjoy 12 Grapes
    • Spaniards eat exactly 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve for good luck in every month of the new year.
  • 4. Toss Water out the Window
    • In Puerto Rico, it is believed that tossing a bucket of water out of the window drives away evil spirits.
  • 5. Have a Feast
    • In France, New Year’s celebrators enjoy a huge feast of traditional dishes including escargot, oysters, and more.
  • 6. Lentil Soup for Good Luck
    • Italians eat lentils for good luck and prosperity in the new year. Check out our Pinterest for a good lentil soup recipe!
  • 7. Serve 12 Round Fruits
    • 12 round fruits are served in the Philippines to bring prosperity and wealth to each month of the New Year. Oranges, melons, grapes, and any other round fruit work!
  • 8. Fishing
    • In Canada, fishing with family and friends is the way to spend New Year’s Eve. How fun would it be to set up an indoor fishing pond (with paper fish) for the kids?
  • 9. Onion Decorations
    • Onions symbolize rebirth in Greece, so it is a common practice hang onions around the house in New Year’s Eve to encourage a year of growth.
  • 10. Host a Bonfire
    • In Scotland, the new year is purified by a bonfire ceremony. Hanging out around a firepit on a cold New Year’s night sounds like a great time with friends!

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