7 NEW YEAR CUSTOMS IN US AND WORLD

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Times Square Ball Drop

One of the most iconic New Year's traditions, millions of people gather in Times Square to watch the famous ball drop at midnight, marking the beginning of the new year.

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Fireworks Displays

Across the globe, cities celebrate the New Year with spectacular fireworks displays lighting up the sky, from Sydney Harbour in Australia to the London Eye in the UK and beyond.

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First Footing

In Scotland, the tradition of "first footing" involves being the first person to enter a home after midnight, bringing symbolic gifts such as coal, whisky, or shortbread to bring luck and prosperity to the household.

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Eating 12 Grapes

In Spain, it's customary to eat 12 grapes at midnight, one for each stroke of the clock, to bring good luck and prosperity for each month of the coming year.

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Lucky Foods

Different cultures have various foods believed to bring good luck in the New Year, such as lentils in Italy for prosperity, black-eyed peas in the southern United States for good fortune, and round fruits in the Philippines for abundance.

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Burning "Old Man" Effigies

In some Latin American countries like Ecuador and Colombia, people create effigies or "viejos" representing the old year, which are burned at midnight to symbolize leaving behind the past and embracing new beginnings.

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New Year's Resolutions

Making resolutions for self-improvement or setting goals for the upcoming year is a common practice around the world, encouraging individuals to reflect on their aspirations and commit to positive changes.

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Hogmanay

Hogmanay is the Scottish celebration of the New Year, marked by lively street parties, traditional music and dancing, and the custom of "first footing" to bring good fortune to homes.

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Polar Bear Plunge

In some colder regions, brave individuals participate in the Polar Bear Plunge, diving into icy waters on New Year's Day as a symbolic act of cleansing and renewal.

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Family Gatherings and Feasts

Many cultures prioritize spending time with family and loved ones during the New Year, gathering for festive meals, storytelling, and sharing traditions passed down through generations.

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Temple Visits and Prayer

In countries like China, Japan, and South Korea, people visit temples or shrines during the New Year period to pray for blessings, offer incense, and seek guidance for the coming year.

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Rose Parade

The Rose Parade, held annually in Pasadena, California on New Year's Day, features elaborate floats adorned with fresh flowers, marching bands, and equestrian units, drawing spectators from around the world.

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