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1NEW YEAR TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD By: Kammy KuangEast Tennessee State University
2Eating 12 GrapesIn Spain and Peru people eat 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight (one each time the clock chimes) on New Year's Eve. This peculiar ritual is meant to bring good luck in the 12 months ahead. However, in Peru they eat a 13th grape to insure their good luck.
3Burning FirecrackersThe people in China believe that there are evil spirits that roam the earth. So on New Year they burn firecrackers to scare the evil spirits. The doors and windows of every home in china can be seen sealed with paper. This is to keep the evil demons out.
4American Resolutions 40 to 45% of American adults make one or more New Year's resolutions each year. These new year goals tend to involve giving up bad habits and starting new improved behaviors. They range from debt reduction to starting a new degree or habit. The resolutions that are the most common deal with weight loss, increasing exercise, and giving up smoking.
5Burning "Mr. Old Year”In Columbia, Cuba and Puerto Rico families stuff alife-size male doll with things and then they dress it upin old clothes from each family member. At the stroke of midnight, this 'Mr. Old Year' is set on fire.This is done with the simple belief that a doll thusstuffed have bad memories or sadness associatedwith them, and that the burning of these will help oneto do away with all past grief's and usher in happinessin life with the coming year.
6Eating Noodles would eat a bowl of buckwheat noodles called Late on the evening of December 31, people of Japanwould eat a bowl of buckwheat noodles called"toshikoshisoba" ("year-crossing noodles") and listenfor the sound of the Buddhist temple bells, which wererung 108 times at midnight. The sound of these bellsis said to purify the listeners of the 108 sins or evilpassions that plague every human being.
7Gifts in Shoes In Greece children leave their shoes by the fireside on New Year's Day (also the Festival of Saint Basil inGreece) with the hope that Saint Basil, who was famousfor his kindness, will come and fill their shoes with gifts.
8Guest with Gifts The English custom for welcoming New Year is full of hospitality and warmth. They believe that the first guestfor the year would bring fortune for them. He should be amale, should enter through the front door and bear sometraditional gifts like loaf for the kitchen, drink for the headof the family and coal to light the fire, otherwise he is notallowed. They believe that these bring good luck throughoutthe year.
9Carrying a Suitcase In Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico, those with hopes of traveling in the New Year carry asuitcase around the house at midnight. Some evencarry it around the block to ensure traveling at greater distances.