2. Brazil: Wet T-Shirt Contest for All
Brazilians celebrate by dressing in all white on New Year’s Eve to symbolize peace and spend their evening partying on the beach. When the clock strikes midnight, they run to the ocean and bestow various offerings upon Lemanja, the goddess of the sea, so that she may open up paths in their lives.
5. North America: Black Eyed Peas (No, Not the Band)
Inspired by southern culture, many Americans celebrate the New Year by eating black eyed peas and collard greens. The pea’s “eye” represents looking into the future, and it is believed to bring good luck to those who eat them. Eating leafy greens supposedly brings money and prosperity as well.
6. France: The Midnight Harvest
In the Hautes-Pyrénées village of Viella, the townspeople attend a midnight mass on New Year’s Eve, after which they set out to the vineyards to pick grapes for the first wine of the year.