New Year is a day that many of us like to celebrate and enjoy. The celebration takes place in many countries, and in various cultures. The various traditions are carried out with the same enthusiasm in different parts of the world.
Habits for the New Year are full of hospitality and warmth. They hold the belief that the first guest to cross the threshold of the event where the celebration is being held will bring good fortune. It must be someone bearing traditional gifts such as bread, drink, coal or another gift. Another custom that is becoming very popular is to exchange gifts.
It is a tradition to break plates at the door, and so old dishes are thrown out of the doors of friends and loved ones' houses to bring good fortune. This symbolises friendship and brotherhood and the more broken dishes you accumulate, the more friendships and fortune you will have.
The Chinese have a unique way to celebrate the New Year: Every front door is painted red, which symbolises happiness and good fortune. On the streets, people celebrate with dragons, parades and fireworks with the intention of driving away evil spirits. It is also traditional to hide knives, as a new cut during chinese New Year is said to bring bad fortune for the coming New Year.
It is believed that lentils signify wealth and prosperity in Brazil. Therefore foods which contain them, such as rice and lentil soup, is served. It is also customary to go to the beach to enjoy fireworks and some enter the sea to jump the waves because according to tradition this will bring them wealth in the coming year.
For the New Year, pork is eaten as a main meal along with mint ice cream desserts as they are associated with good fortune.
The Egyptians believe that the New Year begins only when the crescent moon is visible in the sky. When the moon rises, the religious leader proclaims the New Year and people go to their homes to celebrate together with their loved ones.
They call this day St. Basil's day, as it is also the anniversary of his death and is celebrated as such. To celebrate, they bake a special bread where a coin is buried in the dough and it is served in a special way: The first cut is offered to God, the second is for the support of the house and is intended for the fortune of the house. If this serving contains the coin, it means spring will come early that year.
It is a common custom to consume 12 grapes at the sound of the bells that herald the New Year. According to tradition, it ensures that those who achieved the feat will have good fortune throughout the year.
You can find different traditions in Mexico, but one of the most peculiar is sweeping the house at night to clean out bad vibes. Other people who want to travel during the year take a suitcase and walk through the house with it. Finally, one of the most unique customs is the use of red underwear to attract love during this year.
Cultures and traditions vary in different parts of the world, but most of these are celebrated to attract and envoke happiness, prosperity and good luck for the New Year.
The important thing is to have fun in the company of your friends and loved ones, to celebrate the arrival of a new year full of promises with a positive attitude.