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NEW YEAR'S EVE TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Frohes neues Jahr(Germany)
Felice anno nuovo(Italian)
Gott nytt ar(Swedish)
Feliz ano nuevo(Spanish)
Hauoli makahiki hou(Hawaiian)
Fun World New Year's Factoids!
In Russia, divers place a New Year's tree into Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake.
Did you know that in Denmark, people like to through old broken dishes at the front door of friends, at New Year's Eve?
Did you know that eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight is considered good luck in Spain?
Hogmanay is a custom celebrated in Scotland at New Year's. The word means "last day of the year". One of the activities is "first footing", being the first person to visit a neighbor or friend in the new year.Usually, a gift is brought,too.
Christmas trees are made into bonfires to celebrate New Year's Eve in the Netherlands. This custom is done to symbolize getting rid of the old and welcoming the new year.
In Switzerland, don't be surprised if you see people drop a bit of cream onto the floor on New Year's Eve. It is thought that this will bring good luck in the new year.
In the South American country of Venezuela, people like to write a wish on a piece of paper and then burn it so that the wish may come true in the new year.
In the country of Italy, many people like wearing RED underwear at New Year's believing the color will bring good luck in the new year. In other cultures, especially several countries in Latin America, wearing YELLOW is considered good luck.
In Mexico, don't be surprised if you see people carrying empty suitcases around their house or street on New Year's Eve. The custom is done if you would like to travel in the new year.
The custom of having a ball drop from Times Square, in New York City, on New Year's Eve began in 1907. Some people in the south, believe eating black eyed peas will bring prosperity in the new year.
In Austria, people like to waltz when midnight strikes in the new year.
Did you know that throwing a bucket of water outside a window at midnight on New Year's Eve is done in Puerto Rico? It is to get rid of bad spirits.
In Ireland, people bang bread on the walls and doors of their homes at midnight. This is done to scare away evil spirits and to bring good luck.
Finding an almond in rice pudding on New Year's Eve means good luck in the new year. This custom is found in Sweden and Norway.
People in the Philippines believe that round things bring good luck and often wear cloths with polka dots on New Year's Eve. Another custom is to have all the lights on in the home on New Year's Eve so that it will insure a good new year.
Did you know that April Fool's Day involved New Year's Day? People used to celebrate the new year around March 25-April 1st. When the calendar changed the new year to January 1st, pranks were played on those that continued to celebrate the New year on April 1st.
Which 3 customs did you find the most interesting? Why?
How do you celebrate New Year's Eve?
Check out my fun/informative web quest on the history of New Years.
Learn about the history of New Year's with this fun/informative web quest. There are nine questions, lots of interesting customs of how people celebrate New Year's around the world, comprehension questions, extension activities and the key. Great activity for reading for information and research/computer skills. Included are also other holiday New Year's celebrations including Diwali, Chinese New Year, Songkran and Rosh Hashanah. The resources also mentions how April Fool’s Day originated over when to celebrate New Year's! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/New-Years-Eve-Webquest-on-its-history-and-customsExtension-Activities-1584695
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