Weird New Year’s Eve Traditions From Around The World

Are you ready to try all of them?

1. Wear brand-new pink underwear to attract love.

Worst-case scenario, you’re wearing nice undies :)

2. At exactly 12:00, step forward with your right foot to start the year off with…YOUR RIGHT FOOT!

4. Walk through the streets banging loudly on pots and pans at midnight.

6. Wear white to scare away bad spirits.

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7. Jump seven waves for good luck.

One for each day of the week.

8. Give some gifts to goddess Iemanja.

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.

9. Watch Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, even though it’s awful and everyone hates it.

11. Eat a spoonful of lentils at midnight for a year filled with work and money.

And don’t complain if you hate lentils!

12. Sweep your house inside out to remove bad energy.

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13. Walk around your block with an empty suitcase for a year full of travel!

15. 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.

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.”

17. Crack an egg in a glass at midnight and leave it on the window sill overnight. Whatever figure it has made in the morning, that’s what your fortune will bring next year.

19. You tell your fortune by throwing melted metal into cold water.

21. At 12 a.m. on New Year’s Day, grab 12 pennies and then go outside your house and you throw the pennies behind you while you face the opposite of the street.

This will bring you money in the new year.

23. Eat oliebollen, which are like big oily balls of dough, deep-fried and covered in icing sugar.

25. Turn on all the lights in the house on New Year’s Eve to ward off evil spirits.

26. Open all the doors, cabinets, and windows and then run around shutting them after it hits midnight.

28. Fill pots and pans with water and throw the water out the front door once the clock strikes midnight.

29. Write down a wish on a piece of paper, burn it, throw it into a champagne glass, and drink it before 12:01.

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Gross but fun!

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

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.

32. You must eat a grape with each bell strike at midnight for prosperity.

It’s harder than you’d think to get all 12 done in time.

34. Get pomegranates and throw them from our balcony to the street below.

The more they “burst,” the more plentiful our year is supposed to be.

36. Wear yellow underwear for “good luck.”

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