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In Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico, those with hopes of traveling in the New Year carry a suitcase around the house at midnight

In China on New Year they burn crackers to scare the evil spirits

The doors and windows of every home in China are sealed with paper to keep the evil demons out

The Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year’s Day will bring good fortune.

The hog, and its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity.

Cabbage is another “good luck” vegetable that is consumed on New Year’s Day by many.

Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency.

The ancient Persians gave New Year’s gifts of eggs, which symbolized productiveness

Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes “coming full circle,” completing a year’s cycle.

In China, many people wear in the new year a new pair of slippers that is bought before the new year, because it means to step on the people who gossip about you

Did you know that a raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top

In Burma there is a three day New Year festival called Maha Thingyan, which is celebrated with prayers, fasting and fun.

In Denmark old dishes are saved year around to throw at the homes where their friends live on New Years Eve ~ many dishes = many friends

In Northern Portugal children go caroling from home to home and are given treats and coins

In Switzerland people believe good luck comes from letting a drop of cream land on the floor New Years Day.

Ditch New Years Resolutions Day is January 17th, generally when most people abandon theirs

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New Years Facts and Traditions


The first New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square happened in 1907

The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hoshana

Auld Lang Syne means time gone by

The largest annual New Year’s Eve celebrations happens in Sydney Australia

More than 80,000 fireworks are set off from the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Hogmanay is the celebration of the new years Scottish style

The centenary clock is lowered at 23:59:48 on new years eve in Madrid Spain

Tournament of Roses it the most popular New Year’s Day parade

Pasadena’s Valley hunt clubs first tournament of roses parade took place in 1890

New York’s Waterford crystal ball weighs 1,070 pounds

In Flagstaff Arizona a pine cone dropped on New Year’s eve

Bangor Main drops a purple beach ball decorated with Christmas lights

In Seattle, the New Years countdown done with an elevator

The Chinese New Year is known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival

Apples and Honey are eaten to symbolize a sweet new year in Rosh Hashanah

Thailand celebrates from April 13 to 15 by throwing water

In the ancient Roman calendar the new year began on March 1st

The first new year holiday observed was celebrated in Babylon about 4000 years ago

The baby was first used to symbolize the New Year in Greece around 600 BC

In Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico families stuff a life-size male doll with things that have bad memories or sadness associated with them, and then dress it up in old clothes from each family member. At the stroke of midnight, ‘Mr. Old Year’ is set on fire.

In Spain people eat 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight (one each time the clock chimes) on New Year’s Eve

In Japan, Buddhist temple bells are rung 108 times at midnight

In Brazil people wear white clothes on New Year’s Eve to bring good luck and peace for the year to follow

In Greece children leave their shoes by the fireside on New Year’s Day in hopes that Saint Basil will come and fill their shoes with gifts.

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