Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Year's Eve and some traditions from around the world

New Year's Eve Is Just Around The Corner. It's Time To Celebrate The Start Of A New Year. Some People Feel New Year Brings Good Luck And Some Pray For Prosperity,

And almost everywhere in the world people stay late to see the old year out and the new year in with bells ringing, horns tooting, whistles blowing, sirens shrieking, people laughing, cheers and singing.

Here is the New Year traditions around the World for you to explore the different customs.

Italy: eating seafood before midnight supposed to mean good luck and plenty to eat. Wearing red underwear for good luck in love.

South America, Spain, and all Hispanics countries: eatting 12 grapes right at midnight, one for each strike of the clock and to symbolize the twelve months of the year.

Denmark: Throwing broken plates at your friends' homes is a symbol of friendship, jumping off of chairs at midnight to leap into the new year, believing this will bring luck.

The good old USA:Kissing someone you love at midnight will bring good luck.

Southern U.S.: eating black eyes pea, bring good luck for the coming year

Austria: they eat suckling pig. The pig symbolizes good luck.

Belgium: At midnight everyone kisses, exchanges good luck greetings, and drinks toasts

Belgium farmers wish their animals a Happy New Year for blessings.

Chinese New Year: Chinese people believe that evil spirits dislike loud noises so they decorate their houses with plastic firecrackers. The loud noises are intended to frighten away evil spirits and bad luck that the spirits might bring. Lucky money is given out in red envelopes with the family name and good-luck message written on them in gold. They are given on New Year by relatives, but, only to the unmarried as well as the children of the family.

German New Year: In Germany people would drop molten lead into cold water and try to tell the future from the shape it made. A heart or ring shape meant a wedding, a ship a journey, and a pig plenty of food in the year ahead.

Korean New Year: New Year's Eve: People place straw scooper, rakes or sieves on their doors and walls to protect their families from evil spirit sin the new year.

Japanese New Year: To keep out evil spirits, they hang a rope of straw across the front of their houses, which stands for happiness and good luck.

Greece: Special New Year bread is baked by all the family members. A coin is buried in the dough which is considered very auspicious.

In Columbia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, Dominican Rep. families stuff a life-size male doll with things and then they dress it up in old clothes from each family member. At the stroke of midnight, this 'Mr. Old Year' is set on fire. This is done with the simple belief that a doll thus stuffed have bad memories or sadness associated with them, and that the burning of these will help one to do away with all past grief's and usher in happiness in life with the coming year.

In Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico, those with hopes of traveling in the New Year carry a suitcase around the house at midnight. Some even carry it around the block to ensure traveling at greater distances.

Jewish New Year
The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. It is a holy time when Jews recall the things they have done wrong in the past, and then promise to do better in the future. Special services are held in the synagogues, children are given new clothes and New Year loaves are baked to remind people of harvest time.

American resolutions
40 to 45% of American adults make one or more New Year's resolutions each year. And these ranges from debt reduction to giving up bad habits to what not? But the ones that are the most common deal with weight loss to exercise to giving up smoking.
Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle