7 UNIQUE NEW YEAR EVE TRADITIONS

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Eating 12 Grapes in Spain

Spaniards eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight, each grape representing good luck for each month of the coming year.

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Breaking Dishes in Denmark

In Denmark, it's customary to save old dishes and then throw them at the doors of friends and family to ward off bad spirits for the New Year.

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Dropping Ice Cream in Switzerland

In some Swiss cities, it's a tradition to drop a dollop of ice cream on the floor at midnight, symbolizing the letting go of the past and embracing the sweetness of the new year.

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Carrying Empty Suitcases in Colombia

Colombians walk around their block with an empty suitcase on New Year's Eve to symbolize traveling in the coming year.

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Wearing Colorful Underwear in Latin America

In many Latin American countries, people wear colored underwear on New Year's Eve to attract love, wealth, or good luck depending on the color.

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Smashing Pomegranates in Greece

In Greece, it's customary to smash a pomegranate against the door to release seeds, symbolizing prosperity and fertility.

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Eating Noodles in Japan

Japanese people eat soba noodles on New Year's Eve, symbolizing longevity and a fresh start in the new year.

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Making Noise in the Philippines

Filipinos believe that making noise scares away evil spirits, so they celebrate New Year's Eve with fireworks, firecrackers, and banging pots and pans.

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Jumping Over Waves in Brazil

Brazilians celebrate New Year's Eve by jumping over seven waves at midnight, making offerings to Yemanjá, the goddess of the sea, for blessings and protection.

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Swinging Fireballs in Scotland

In Stonehaven, Scotland, people swing giant fireballs above their heads as part of the Hogmanay celebrations, symbolizing the sun and warding off evil spirits.

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Dropping a Giant Moonpie in Alabama, USA

In Mobile, Alabama, they celebrate New Year's Eve by dropping a giant MoonPie, a local delicacy, at midnight.

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Burning "Old Man" Dolls in Ecuador

In Ecuador, people create effigies known as "viejos" representing the old year, which they burn at midnight to symbolize leaving behind the past and embracing new beginnings.

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