How to Have the Best New Year’s Any Where in the World
Casting tin in Finland
In Finnish tradition, it’s common to cast tin in order to predict what the next year has in store. Small tin toys are given as gifts then melted down and cast in cold water. The shape of your cast tin will tell you if you’re to have good luck, wealth, or health in the year to come.
First footing in Scotland
Another Hogmanay tradition still practiced in some parts of Scotland is “first footing.” Ideally a tall, dark haired man must cross the threshold of the house at midnight while bearing gifts in order to welcome in the New Year.
Champagne wishes in Russia
In Russia, they don’t just drink champagne. There tradition dictates that you write a wish on a piece of paper, burn the wish in the flame of a candle, and then drink the ashes in a glass of champagne to make the wish come true.
Coin sweeping in Mexico
In Mexico and other parts of South America, there’s a tradition where your sprinkle 12 coins on your doorstep and then sweep them into the house to bring prosperity for the New Year.
Junkanooing in the Bahamas
New Year’s also happens to coincide with the National Festival of the Bahamas known as “Junkanoo.” Every year on New Year’s Day, people take to the streets to celebrate with music, dance, and colorful costumes.