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Weird New Year's Eve Traditions From Around The World

Are you ready to try all of them?

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Give some gifts to goddess Iemanja.

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She's the goddess of water, and she loves gifts, especially flowers. So throw some into the ocean — if they come back, it means she didn't accept them. Don't worry, you can try again next New Year's Eve.

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Make a doll (more like an effigy) to burn to signify the burning away of the old year and the welcoming of the new one.

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Men dress up in drag and pretend to be the "widow" of the doll and beg for coins in the streets "to save my husband from being burned."

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Immediately after the bells, the first-footing begins, which means being the first person across a friend's or neighbor's threshold.

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The first-foot usually brings several gifts, including a coin, bread, salt, coal, or whisky, which respectively represent financial prosperity, food, flavor, warmth, and good cheer.

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