New Year’s Traditions From Around the World 2020

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New Year’s Traditions From Around the World 2020


New Year is a time for  a new beginning, hope, leaving the old behind, turning a new chapter,

setting goals, looking forward to another eventful year, another birthday..

For some, it’s just another day, they go to sleep, as usual, some spend it with their family and friends, some with strangers watching the ball drop, some viewing magnificent fireworks.


Earliest recorded New Year’s Eve celebration was in Mesopotamia in 2000 B.C in mid-March. Since then, a lot has changed when it comes to how we celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Here are some strange New Year’s Traditions From Around The World;


-In Spain, you can stuff 12 grapes in your mouth at midnight to have good luck in the new year

-French welcome the new year by eating a stack of pancakes

-Wearing colored underwear in some South American countries will determine your fate in the new year. Red is for love, gold is for prosperity, white is for peace

-In Romania, coins are tossed into the river to bring good luck

-In Chile, some spend the night with their deceased loved ones in the cemetery

-Irish hit the walls with bread to rid of evil

-Furniture is thrown out the window in some parts of South Africa

-In Estonia, they eat seven times on new years day for prosperity
-In the Philippines, they try to use as many round things as possible to attract wealth and prosperity in the new year. Round objects represent coins(cash) so if it’s round, they use it on New Years Eve
-In Japan, bells are rung 108 times. In a Buddhist tradition, that is believed to banish sins. They also go into the New Year smiling and laughing


However you choose to spend yours, hope it’s a memorable one!


New Year’s Traditions From Around the World 2020


Comments (31)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There are so many and they’re all so wonderful and I wish everybody around the world to be happy and healthy in 2021!

Dec 31, 2020 11:26 PM
Beth Atalay

Wishing you a Happy New Year Laura Cerrano

Jan 02, 2021 08:07 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Paula McDonald, Ph.D. there are so many wonderful traditions that I really really really love!

Dec 31, 2020 11:29 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Beth, and happy new year. Loved reading this post. However, despite living in France for two years, I can't say I recall anyone eating a stack of pancakes. How did I miss that? Wishing you the very, very best of everything life can bring in 2021.

Jan 01, 2021 04:58 AM
Beth Atalay

Good morning Nina Hollander, wishing you a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.   

Jan 02, 2021 08:07 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How interesting! In South Africa, you wouldn't want to walk near anyone's windows!

Thank you for sharing, and Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2021 05:21 AM
Beth Atalay

Happy New Year Kat Palmiotti! That is one strange tradition for sure. 

Jan 02, 2021 08:05 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think that no matter where we are there are some wonderful traditions to celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of the next.  There really is no wrong way, right?

Jan 01, 2021 06:36 AM
Beth Atalay

Absolutely Brian England, we can make and adapt our own traditions. Wishing you a very Happy New Year! 

Jan 02, 2021 08:04 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Beth Atalay - First the first time in a while Phyllis and I spend a quiet night at home.  Hopefully, we will be back to our celebration next year.

Jan 01, 2021 07:11 AM
Beth Atalay

Hi Grant Schneider, I don't go out on New Year's Eve so for me, it was no different than any other year.  

Jan 02, 2021 08:04 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Beth Atalay,

Love this post and so glad to see it featured. So many traditions around the world which I did not know! Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2021 07:18 AM
Beth Atalay

Happy New Year Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, some are very..very strange. 

Jan 02, 2021 08:03 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Hi Beth,

I'd better get started if I want to try out some of these traditions!


Jan 01, 2021 07:50 AM
Beth Atalay

Happy New Year to you Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Jan 02, 2021 08:02 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Happy New Year to you, Beth!  I suspect there are many folks glad to see the arrival of 2021.

Jan 01, 2021 08:02 AM
Beth Atalay

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat, yes, indeed. Happy New Year! 

Jan 02, 2021 08:00 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Beth,
What interesting info. You had me checking the color of my underwear!  LOL

I hope 2021 is your best year ever, personally and professionally.

Jan 01, 2021 08:15 AM
Beth Atalay

Ohh my goodness Carol Williams, thank you for the chuckle, was it gold? Thank you so much, wishing you a great 2021! 

Jan 02, 2021 08:00 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

We celebrated our family new year celebration on ZOOM 24 hoyr early. Wife did not read the addendum that it is scheduled Jan 1st. Now champaign is gone.

Jan 01, 2021 08:16 AM
Beth Atalay

That's too funny Sam Shueh. Wishing you a very Happy New Year! 

Jan 02, 2021 07:59 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

If I ever find myself celebrating in South Africa, I will know to wear a hard hat and look out for flying furniture.  Congratulation on your featured blog and Happy New Year! ! !

Jan 01, 2021 12:51 PM
Beth Atalay

Hi Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, throwing furniture out to window is a strange tradition for sure. Wishing you a Happy new Year! 

Jan 02, 2021 07:58 AM
Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Beautiful ! Thanks and Happy New Year to All! A better 2021 to the world! 

Jan 01, 2021 12:52 PM
Beth Atalay

Happy New Year to you Sharon Kowitz 

Jan 02, 2021 07:57 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Beth I think I will skip what they do in Chile, but I am going to see if I can find a pair of gold underwear.  ☺️

Happy New Year, and I hope 2021 is an awesome year for you.

Jan 01, 2021 01:00 PM
Beth Atalay

Happy New Year George Souto, did you find the pair of gold underwear? 

Jan 02, 2021 07:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Beth:

What a fun New Year's read! That's a pretty diverse set of customs!

Happy New Year!


Jan 01, 2021 04:27 PM
Beth Atalay

Happy New Year to you Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Jan 02, 2021 07:56 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Beth Atalay - Those are some crazy fun traditions! My family traditions with my parents and my kids was to stand outside in our pajamas, wave noise makers, sing  Al lang sign, hold a sparkler, kiss our family members, then go to bed. 

I wish you a great New Year and Travel plans too!

Jan 01, 2021 05:21 PM
Beth Atalay

Happy New Year Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, I like your family tradition. I usually fall asleep before midnight but I made sure I stayed up to make sure 2020 was gone. 

Jan 02, 2021 07:56 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Happy New Year Wishing You Health, Wealth and Happiness in 2021 and beyond!

Jan 02, 2021 12:24 AM
Beth Atalay

Happy New Year Bob Crane

Jan 02, 2021 07:54 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

In PA Dutch Country we eat pork and sauerkraut ( with sides of Mashed Potatoes and Applesauce). It is said to bring good luck for the new year.

Jan 03, 2021 11:24 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love this, Beth and I have no idea how I missed it! I hope you had a delightful New Year and may 2021 be your best year EVER!

Jan 05, 2021 07:50 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

You forgot the Hungarians make Lentil Soup and that is the first meal they eat, to bring Prosperity... lentils translate to coins:))Endre

Jan 05, 2021 10:35 PM

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