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Some New Year Traditions from around the world

posted Dec 21, 2011, 7:18 PM by Susan Young RDH

Portugal: Pick and eat twelve grapes from a bunch as the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve to  ensure 12 happy months in the coming year.

Switzerland: Luck comes from letting a drop of cream land on the floor.

Japan: Paper lobsters are used in many homes in Japan at New Year since the lobster’s curved back ensembles an elderly person and this is a greeting for a wish for longevity.  

Denmark:  Old dishes are saved year around to throw them at the homes where their friends live on New Year’s Eve. Many broken dishes are a symbol that you have many friends.

Philippines:  Clothes worn with polka-dots at New Years will bring lots of money and prosperity during the coming year. Also, opening your doors, windows and lights during New Year ’s Eve will invite good luck into your home.

Wishing you all the best in the coming year.