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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?

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  1. 1. Mexico

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

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    An olive.
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    A grape.
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    A grain of rice.
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    A piece of chocolate.
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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.
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    Hanging up stockings.
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    Going to midnight mass.
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    Caroling.
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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 gem stone.
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    A handmade card.
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    A decorative glass.
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    A lump of coal.
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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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    How much it weighs.
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    The shadows it casts.
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    How far it can be thrown.
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    The smell.
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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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    Stripes.
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    Pockets.
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    Polka-dots.
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    Plaid.
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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 banker.
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    A mother.
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    A cobbler.
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    A chimney sweep.
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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.
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    12 times.
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    Once for each year.
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    72 times.
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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.
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    The woman they will marry.
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    The spirit of fertility.
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    Their grandmothers.
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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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    Beef stew.
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    Minestrone.
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    Lentil soup.
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    Seafood chowder.
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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 woman.
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    A man.
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    A doctor.
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    A teacher.
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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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    Avoid gluttony.
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    Leave food for Baby New Year.
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    Leave food for ancestors.
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    Allow for leftovers.
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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.
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    Baby names.
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    Singapore dollars.
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    Names of the deceased.
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    Wishes.

    Appropriately, these are called "wishing spheres."

 
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