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New Year’s Traditions From Around the World December 2022

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New Year’s Traditions From Around the World December 2022


New Year is a time for a new beginning, hope, leaving the old behind, turning a new chapter, setting goals, and looking forward to another eventful year, another birthday..

For some, it’s just another day, they go to sleep, and as usual, some spend it with their family and friends, some with strangers watching the ball drop, and some viewing magnificent fireworks. I try my best to stay awake each year but hasn't happened in a long time. I will once again, give it a try.


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 Year's 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 the water a small straw doll symbolizing the passing year
-In Ecuador, families, and friends gather together and burn dolls in a big fire.


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


New Year’s Traditions From Around the World December 2022


Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

love the history lesson on the traditions around the world. I likewise have had a hard time the past couple of years burning the midnight oil to welcome in the New Year.

Best wishes for a Happy Healthy New Year! 🍸🍾

Dec 31, 2022 04:42 AM
Beth Atalay

Hi Buzz Mackintosh, wishing you all the best in 2023 and beyond!

Jan 03, 2023 09:12 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am in the group that treats it as just another day, haha.  I am certainly not staying up until midnight to ring in the new year.  I hope that 2022 has been good for you and that 2023 will be even better!

Dec 31, 2022 05:09 AM
Beth Atalay

Hi Brian England, I'm with you, lately, I've been up past midnight, not because I want to but this too shall pass. On NYE, I was sleeping way before midnight.

Jan 03, 2023 09:11 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are fascinating traditions.  None of which I previously knew.  

Dec 31, 2022 05:37 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Beth, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 31, 2022 05:37 AM
Beth Atalay

Thank you so much Myrl Jeffcoat, I appreciate the feature!

Jan 03, 2023 09:10 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Beth... I always enjoy reading posts like this and learning something new about traditions in other countries. Wishing you a lovely New Year's Eve and a happy and healthy 2023.

Dec 31, 2022 05:50 AM
Beth Atalay

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker, same with me, it's fascinating to learn about different cultures. Wishing you a great 2023 in all areas of your life.

Jan 03, 2023 09:09 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Happy New Year and thanks for the list of wacky New Year's traditions. I also thought the doll burning was a bit strange but supposedly that's their way of saying goodbye to bad things of the past year. They use clothes they no longer wear to make the dolls. Interesting!

Dec 31, 2022 05:53 AM
Beth Atalay

Hi Kat Palmiotti, the doll burning is a bit strange indeed. I like reading about traditions from around the world as well as different recipes even if I never made them.

Jan 03, 2023 09:09 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Beth Atalay - thank you for sharing traditions from around the world. They were very interesting. I like how they celebrate in Japan! I could dig it and enjoy that tradition! 

For 2023 I am asking for blessings on you, your son, and father. May there be peace in your hearts, good health, and may you find the wisdom to handle every situation.  

Dec 31, 2022 08:10 AM
Beth Atalay

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, you are so very sweet. I so appreciate your kind words. Wishing you a great year!

Jan 03, 2023 09:06 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Interesting list of traditions!  Symbolism is important to some countries!  You're spot on for the south!  My oldest daughter lives in Huntsville, AL and is also a realtor.  She's been there since '99 and would agree with you how the South celebrates.  Hog jaw  is one such traditions, which I''ve never tried.  That and all of the traditional southern food:  turnip greens, cornbread, potaties and hog jaw.  Does NOT sound appetizing!  I've never had it and will rely on them for their stories!  Have a wonderful new year! 

Dec 31, 2022 08:35 AM
Beth Atalay

Hi Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ , I would have to agree with you on the hog jaw, I wouldn't want to even try it. Have a fantastic 2023!

Jan 03, 2023 09:06 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Pretty sure I mispelled it!  It's supposed to be Jowl, just so you know!

Jan 04, 2023 07:45 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Beth I hope you are ending 2022 for a great year and for 2023 to be a better year and you get everything you want.

Dec 31, 2022 09:05 AM
Beth Atalay

Thank you Will Hamm, same to you in 2023 and beyond. 

Jan 03, 2023 09:04 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Beth- I'll be doing something I've done each New Year's Day and that's having some Black-eyed peas. I almost forgot once but opened a can I had in the pantry and ate a spoonful of beans. 

Dec 31, 2022 05:54 PM
Beth Atalay

Hi Kathy Streib, I made them this year for the first time. At least you had a can, that's too funny. 

Jan 03, 2023 09:04 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Beth Atalay what an interesting post!  Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year also.  I hope your father is well.  

Jan 02, 2023 12:10 PM
Beth Atalay

Thank you Hannah Williams, he now has COVID, I appreciate your well wishes.

Jan 03, 2023 09:03 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Beth loved your post Happy New year to you as well, being Hungarian I only knew of the Lentil Soup tradition to eat the first meal after midnight and it will bring prosperity, Endre

Jan 02, 2023 07:23 PM
Beth Atalay

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. , did you make Lentil Soup? There are so many traditions to bring prosperity. 

Jan 03, 2023 09:02 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
http://www.medicalandspaconsulting.com - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

I have never seen any of these traditions and most result in a trip to an asylum or heartburn Ahahaha

Jan 03, 2023 04:21 AM
Beth Atalay

Thank you for the chuckle Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD 

Jan 03, 2023 09:01 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some interesting traditions and always like to find a new quirk.

Our tradition from Portugal, is to eat black-eyed peas for good luck and it's not from Southern Portugal.

I will have to find gold underwear and try to wear them often

Jan 03, 2023 10:11 AM
Beth Atalay

Hello Ed Silva, I've made black-eyed peas this year for the first time, I love beans but it was the first for black-eyed ones. 

Jan 03, 2023 09:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Beth Atalay  absolutely and we have a tradition I bring some over to the neighbors across the street and they in turn give us backed cookies, fudge etc. you get the idea:)Endre

Jan 03, 2023 09:04 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Enjoyed reading about the different traditions around the world.  Although there are many ways to celebrate here in the USA ...  this year my husband and I opted for staying in and watching the fun and festivities on line!  I held out for the midnight kiss and then I zonked out!  Happy New Year!  Beth Atalay 

Jan 11, 2023 03:06 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Beth Atalay - Just dropped by to give you a spark! I thought you could use it!

I hope you are still enjoying yoga days. If I could do it, I would. I am trying to exercise and take care of myself because I know taking care of myself means actively caring for the welfare of other human beings. I know with 100% certainty you know and understand this too. 

I wish you, your loved ones, and clients the best of health and happiness. 

Feb 25, 2023 08:23 AM
Beth Atalay

Good morning Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, how did you know? Yes, definitely could use it. I do yoga every day, quick stretch poses in the morning and before bed, and a full workout during the day. I truly enjoy it. Have a wonderful weekend!

Feb 25, 2023 08:31 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Hello Beth, just wanted to stop by and say hello and say thank you for commenting on the 'Tude post! Happy March!

Mar 01, 2023 04:32 PM
Beth Atalay

Hello Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, wishing you a fantastic March!

Mar 11, 2023 05:05 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Beth you are overdue for a new post:) Just wanted to check in if all is well? Endre

Mar 14, 2023 09:22 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I don't know how I missed this post but, can't believe we're on the downside of 2023 ALREADY,  Beth!

I hope you're staying strong and things are calming for you with your Dad. You're both in my thoughts and prayers.

Sep 15, 2023 12:12 PM