New Years is a fixed celebration where we make resolutions that we usually never remember two months after. New Year is celebrated all over the world, but surprisingly the festivities go beyond the partying. The parties all over Cairo grab our attention, but what if we do something else and eat 12 grapes, fight people, break dishes or walk around the house with a suitcase?
It’s about time to go all out and have an international celebration with the coolest, weirdest and most outrageous traditions that bring luck, husbands and good fortune! Here’s a quick list of the coolest ones from all over the world.
Spain – Eat Grapes!
Since 1985, the Spanish try to fit 12 grapes in their mouths before midnight and eat them all for prosperity and good luck. Fancy trying that?
Greece – Hang onions on your door and break a pomegranate
The Greeks hang onions on their doors as symbol of rebirth in the coming year. The fun part is, parents wake their children up by hitting them with an onion on their head. If you’re not into looking like you’re warding off vampires, break a pomegranate on your doorstep before entering your house for good luck and prosperity.
Estonia – Eat eat eat
This ritual isn’t for the faint hearted! Eat up to seven, nine or twelve meals to gain strength for the following year like they do in Estonia. Leave the meal unfinished for the spirits or ancestors who visit the house to enjoy New Year too!
Denmark – Break dishes at your friend’s doors to make more friends!
Take a stack of dishes and pass around your friend’s houses on New Year’s Eve, breaking them at their doorstep. This Danish tradition is supposed to bring more friends. Pretty aggressive if you ask us!
Philippines – Fill your room with round things!
Get the cash flowing by surrounding yourself with round items such as stress balls, oranges or t-shirts that have a round shape. Filipinos believe that the round items bring on more coins.
Romania – Throw your spare coins in the river
Just pass by the Nile River and make it rain!
Ecuador – Burn everything
The pyromaniac in you can now rest. Make a life-size dummy made of newspapers, pieces of wood that represents misfortunes and burn it in the street along with any photos you want to get rid of.
Japan – Smile and Ring Bells
This is a more peaceful approach for those of you who’d like to chill on New Year’s Eve. In Japan, Buddhist temples ring their bells 108 times to welcome Toshigami, the New Year’s God. They clean their home and send ‘thank you’ cards to their loved ones and also smile at everyone the whole day.
Ireland – Summon a husband!
This is for all the single ladies. Put mistletoe leaves under your pillow to summon husbands and have a better future in finding life partners. The Irish superstition doesn’t end there; they believe that if a tall, dark, handsome man enters after the 31st into your home, you will be a lucky gal. If it’s a red headed woman, you’ll be in a lot of trouble. Good thing that there aren’t many gingers in Egypt!
Peru – Fight people to settle differences
Now’s the time for your kickboxing classes to come in handy. Settle your differences and start the year on a new note by physically fighting against the people you have grudges against. This aggressive yet quite intriguing ritual is done in small villages in Peru.
Argentina – Eat beans and walk around with a suitcase at home
Forget the 2018 countdown. Spend your New Year’s Eve by eating beans and carrying a suitcase around the house to have a more generous year and travel more.