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New Year’s Eve Traditions From Around the World

Countries around the world ring in the new year with unique customs and traditions often carried out at the strike of midnight. Since travel is off the table this year, here are some international New Year’s Eve experiences for you! Happy New Year!

Spain
In Spain, it is customary to eat 12 grapes – one at each stroke of the clock at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Each grape represents good luck for one month of the coming year.

Columbia
In hopes of a travel-filled new year, residents of Colombia carry empty suitcases around the block.

Scotland
During Scotland’s New Year’s Eve celebration of Hogmanay, “first-footing” is practiced across the country. The first person who crosses a threshold of a home in the New Year should carry a gift for luck.

Japan
To commemorate New Year’s Eve, people eat toshikoshi soba, or “year-crossing” soba, which can symbolize having a long and fortunate life along with a clean break from the year.

Russia
Before midnight, write down your wishes for 2021 on a piece of paper, then light the paper on fire. Once it’s stopped burning, sprinkle the wish-filled ashes into a glass of champagne and drink up after the clock strikes midnight.

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