Traditional New Year’s Eve – or not?December 31, 2014
2015 is fast approaching! There are so many different ways to celebrate. Some people throw parties, some drink champagne, some people stand out in the cold for 24 hours, there’s kissing and cake, and you know what?
There really aren’t that many ways to celebrate the New Year; that is unless you look beyond our borders and across the world!
Find where you belong this New Year’s Eve, or make it happen wherever you are.
The Spanish Way
Maybe you’ve seen enough Modern Family to know the customs of Latin America, but if you haven’t, at the stroke of midnight everything stops for one purpose: to eat 12 grapes for luck in the upcoming year. And some Latinos even wash their grapes down with some more grapes. A nice bottle of wine to go with your newfound luck?
Go Lunar in Korea
New Year in Korea is called Seonal and a necessary part of the celebrations is food. Korea’s Seonal doesn’t take place Jan. 1, but on the Lunar New Year. Plus, Seonal is an extra special day compared to the rest of the world. Don’t just scream Happy New Year, but Happy Birthday! (Koreans don’t have birthdays, just birthyears.) And instead of birthday cake, have a bowl of rice cake soup, ttokkuk, it will add an extra year to your life (as goes the lunar lore).
When in Rome
Decorate the house with greenery and colorful lights, give symbolic gifts to your friends and family. Sounds a lot like Christmas to me! Except that lentils are eaten to symbolize good fortune for the coming year. And at midnight? Fireworks, sparklers, the works! Don’t forget the champagne toast. I mean the sparkling wine toast (You heard me right, Sparkling Italian wines like Metodo Classico and Prosecco). And this party doesn’t end when the wine’s gone. Keep tradition in watching the sun rise for the first time in the new year.
Shoot in Beirut
What are you waiting for? Get a baklava and get this party started! The party always includes shooting tracer bullets over the Mediterranean…wait? Let’s rewind that: a tracer buller is a projectile built with a small pyrotechnic charge. The powder ignites, the pyrotechnic charge burns, the bullet is illuminated, and all the people are in awe of the soaring beauty.
After midnight go for a leisurely spin along the coast. Enjoy fireworks, nightclubs, and dancing in the streets!
All the way in India
New Year, it happens every year. Who cares? You might think Jan. 1 is just like every other day. Well, you’re not wrong. In some parts of India it’s believed that how you spend this day will decide how you spend the rest of the year. Be careful how you choose to celebrate the New Year, or not celebrate (if you dare).
Spill things in Switzerland
Old Sylvester’s Day is Jan. 13 (of the Julian Calendar, we use the Gregorian). Silvesterkläuse is a tradition where people wear bizarre headdresses and startling masks, fully costumed, and you can’t forget the cowbells! These Klause people go from house to house wishing everyone a Happy New Year. And after you’ve had your avaunt garde halloween, bring abundance to your 2015 by letting a drop of cream fall to the floor.
Keep dropping things in Germany
Drop molten lead into cold water, and see what shape it takes and predict the future. Eat with the family at midnight, but be careful! Don’t eat everything. This symbolizes abundance in the new year.
Throw things in Denmark
Collect dishes throughout the year and throw them at your front door. Why? If you’re wanting more friends in 2015, break more dishware! Like your dishes too much for that tradition? You can still celebrate the Danish way. Await the strike of midnight standing on a chair and jump into the New Year!
Don’t forget a good ol’ American tradition to decide what you’ll change about your life in 2015. And cake!
Allow me to make a suggestion for your New Year’s resolutions:
Broaden your horizons.
Oh wait, you just did! So what tradition will you add this New Years Eve? How do you like to celebrate?