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25 Strangest New Year’s Traditions From Around The World

When it comes to New Year celebration, people have some of the strangest New Year’s traditions. Some people throw bread, others burn scarecrows, and still others fist fight for good luck. These are the 25 strangest New Year’s traditions from around the world.

Broken Plates (Denmark)

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In Denmark they save all of their unused dishes and plates until the 31st of December when they affectionately shatter them against the doors of all their friends and family.

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Scarecrow Burning (Ecuador)

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In Ecuador they celebrate the New Year by burning paper filled scarecrows at midnight. They also burn photographs from the last year. All in the name of good fortune.

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Eating 12 Grapes (Spain)

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In Spain, the New Year’s tradition for good luck revolves around grapes. If you can manage to stuff 12 grapes in your mouth at midnight you’ve achieved good luck for the next year.

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Round Things (Philippines)

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In the Philippines it’s all about the cash. They believe that everything should be round so as to represent coins and bring wealth. Round food, round clothes, as long as it’s round.

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Comment by Linda M. on February 11, 2018 at 11:35am

I love all the different customs in the world.

Comment by Wanthantho1220 on February 10, 2018 at 7:48pm

Thank you so much for sharing this.

Comment by Rosey on January 2, 2018 at 9:29pm

Loved this!! xo

Comment by Linda M. on January 1, 2018 at 6:16pm

Lara, many here in the US make a lentil soup/stew on New Years Day to bring prosperity.  Those lentils get around.

Comment by Lara on January 1, 2018 at 4:46am

to break plates was usual even in my country until some 30 or 40 years ago, it's been told to me by my grandmother; also, to burn the "old woman" or the "old man" made with burning materials has always been a tradition in many squares here in North Italy and it happens every new year's eve; same about eating 12 grapes and also we have a tradition of not exactly round things but lentils, to eat lentils for money

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