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    Posted on Dec 28, 2012

    Do You Know New Year's Traditions Around The World?

    Fireworks happen almost everywhere, but each country has its own set of New Year's traditions. How well do you know these cultures across the globe?

    1. 1. Mexico

      In Mexico, each of the 12 chimes during the midnight countdown is matched with eating...

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      A grape.

      This tradition is of Spanish origin and also occurs in Chile and Costa Rica.

    2. 2. Turkey

      In Turkey, Santa is associated with New Year's Eve. The other Christmas tradition celebrated is...

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      Decorating the tree.

      Most Turkish people don't celebrate Christmas proper.

    3. 3. Scotland

      Scottish people celebrate "first-footing," in which friends or family visit each other with gifts of whiskey and...

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      A lump of coal.

      Yes, whether they were naughty or nice.

    4. 4. Finland

      In Finland, tin is melted then thrown into cold water. Fortunes are then told based off...

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      The shadows it casts.

      Rest assured, no one takes these fortunes very seriously.

    5. 5. Philippines

      In the Philippines, it's customary to wear clothes covered in...

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      Polka-dots.

      Circular patterns are thought to bring good luck.

    6. 6. Germany

      German tradition holds that for good luck and health, you should touch...

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      A chimney sweep.

      Alternately, he can rub ashes on your forehead.

    7. 7. Japan

      In Japan, Buddhist temples ring their bells...

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      108 times.

      Each ring represents one of the 108 elements of bono, mental states that lead to unwholesome actions.

    8. 8. Ecuador

      In Ecuador, men dress up as women as a representation of...

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      The widow of the past year.

      And they look damn good doing it.

    9. 9. Italy

      When the bell tolls midnight, Italians enjoy timed spoonfuls of...

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      Lentil soup.

      The lentils represent coins.

    10. 10. Russia

      In Russia, good fortune is predicted for the new year when the first visitor is...

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      A man.

      Sorry, ladies. Tradition is tradition.

    11. 11. Estonia

      In Estonia, traditional meals are not finished to...

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      Leave food for ancestors.

      Various traditions call for meals to be eaten seven, nine, or even twelve times.

    12. 12. Singapore

      In Singapore, 20,000 spheres contain 100,000...

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      Wishes.

      Appropriately, these are called "wishing spheres."

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