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.