New Year’s Traditions From Around the World 2021

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New Year’s Traditions From Around the World 2021


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
-Southern traditions include eating greens, black-eyed peas, and cornbread
-In Hungary, the tradition is to toss or bury in water a small straw doll symbolizing the passing year


However, you choose to spend yours, hope it’s a memorable one! Wishing you the best of health, happiness, laughter, prosperity in the new year.


New Year’s Traditions From Around the World 2021


Comments (18)

Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for the fun post.  Happy New Year! ! !

Dec 31, 2021 08:33 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Love this post Beth Atalay so interesting reading all the different traditions

Dec 31, 2021 08:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Beth,

Thank you for sharing all these traditions.  Wishing you a wonderful 2022, and may all your dreams and wishes be realized.  A

Dec 31, 2021 08:45 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Beth Atalay I now must decide what color underwear I will wear this evening and if I need to do laundry. My traditions are simple.  Symbolically letting go and welcoming what blessings are to come. 

Happy New Year, my friend. 

Cheers to the best ever 2022! 🍾🥂🥳

Dec 31, 2021 08:46 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello and Happy New Year's Eve, Beth - I remember the arrival of 2000 as celebrations around the world announced the new year.  Y2K was not the guest of honor that year as it had been widely predicted that it might interrupt some of the festivities as well as life as we knew it.  Oh, were those the good ol' days???   It does seem like soooo long ago but relatively it's been just a blink of an eye.  

Dec 31, 2021 09:19 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Beth, interesting to see what people do for good luck around the world.   I hope to lead a good life, and be happy!  Happy New Year! 

Dec 31, 2021 09:45 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Beth Atalay thank you for the list of interesting New Year's traditions from around the world. Happy New Year, and wishing you success in 2022!

Dec 31, 2021 11:44 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Happy New Year Beth Atalay 

I wish you love, happiness, prosperity, and more laughter with family and friends. This was an interesting post on traditions around the world. What I learned is that I should have bought a pair of gold underwear every New Year's Eve since I started working. Oh well..... 

Dec 31, 2021 12:33 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Hey Beth, I love the traditions of the season. Have a Happy New Year.

Dec 31, 2021 12:56 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I think I like the tradition of the French.  Might be my stomach talking though.

Dec 31, 2021 07:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Beth- I love reading about all of the New Year's Eve traditions from around the world. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2021 07:35 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It's neat to hear about the traditions of others around the world and even though we are all a bit different, we are all living a beautiful life!

Jan 01, 2022 04:10 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks for sharing the post, Beth. Enjoyed seeing the many different ways to ring in a New Year. Wishing you the absolute best for 2022! 

Jan 01, 2022 06:55 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Beth... and Happy New Year to you. This was certainly a fun read... especially as I have no New Year traditions I hold to.

Jan 01, 2022 07:38 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Happy New Year to you and your family, Beth.  I am hopeful 2022 will be kind to us all!

Jan 01, 2022 01:44 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Beth - In Germany they throw molten lead in water to see what shape it will bring them.  We did it one year when we were there.  Hope you had a good one.  We are down in Florida for two weeks now.  Flew down New Years Morning.

Jan 02, 2022 05:49 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Hey Beth, I hope you had an awesome New Year. I think 2022 is going to be even better.

Jan 02, 2022 09:48 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Beth  and Thanks for sharing this interesting blog with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!

Jan 02, 2022 10:01 AM