30 Ways New Year's Is Celebrated Around The World
New Year's Eve divides opinion. To some, it is a chance for a great night out, filled with amazing fireworks, great company and copious bottles of champagne. For others, it offers up the same letdowns each year: Being turned away from clubs, realizing you'll have no one to kiss come 12, and perhaps the most common of all, making a drunken fool of yourself.
However, while most of us wind up doing the same things, around the world NYE celebrations vary wildly and involve unique and exciting traditions. Here we take a look at a few ways the world celebrates.
1. The Philippines
New Year’s in the Philippines is centered around a special symbol involving food, coins, and polka dots!
This culminates in a unique orb shape that symbolizes money. For these reasons, many Philipinos will sport this symbol on the night. Doing so is thought to spawn financial fortune for the year ahead.
Unashamed gluttony dominates proceedings in France where revelers are encouraged to eat as much as possible before midnight. Known as le reveillion de la Saint-Sylvestre, party-goers are often encouraged to kiss under the mistletoe to loved ones while fireworks are also a regular fixture of the celebrations.
A typical French cuisine consists of a wide variety of expensive meats and luxuries from foie gros, goose and turkey to oysters and champagne. This is also supposed to encourage fortune for the year ahead.
In faraway South-East Asia, the Vietnamese bring in the new year in style by wearing specially designed new clothes. This tradition is supposed to signify a fresh start.
While these colorful clothes are not worn every day, the Vietnamese often revert to their cultural roots by wearing a colorful type of dress called ao dai.
In recognition of the Soviet era, many Russians- barring Russian Orthodox Christians- observe a similar holiday to Christmas Day during the New Year’s celebrations.
Instead of Santa, Grandfather Frost visits homes at midnight to drop presents when kids are sleeping. As Christmas was banned during the much-maligned Soviet era, New Year’s became the go-to celebration instead.
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