How to Have the Best New Year’s Any Where in the World

Suitcase carrying in Columbia

If you find yourself in Columbia this New Year’s Eve, don’t be surprised if you see people taking their luggage for a walk. According to tradition, taking your suitcase around the block at midnight means you will do lots of travelling with it in the New Year.

Celebrating roundness in the Philippines

In Filipino culture, roundness is thought to bring prosperity. So, on New Year’s Eve, it’s traditional to collect and eat 12 different round fruits to represent each month of the year ahead.

Eating in Estonia

In Estonia, it’s not about what you eat on New Year’s, it’s all about how many times you eat. Estonians try to eat seven, nine, or 12 meals on New Year’s Eve because those are considered to be lucky numbers.

Grape eating in Spain

While many people toast with champagne at midnight, in Spain, it’s traditional to eat 12 green grapes as the New Year arrives. Each grape is said to represent a month of good luck to come.

Carol singing in Portugal

In Portugal, they save the caroling for the first few days of the New Year when they participate in As Janieras (which means “The Januaries”). Adults and children alike traipse through the town singing songs and knocking on their neighbor’s doors to wish them a happy New Year.

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Mini Guide to Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world and has a population of nearly 150 million, though around 77 percent live in the western part of the country. It’s best known for being the first constitutionally socialist state and its role in World War II and the ensuing Cold War. The country has also many technological accomplishments, including sending the first human to space. Nowadays, it’s the world’s 12th largest economy by GDP, the biggest producers of natural gas and oil, and also a permanent member of the UN Council.