Not everyone gathers to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve…I don’t know why I thought it would be that way. Marie Clare Magazine had an article about rituals from around the world. Here are a few different traditions from around the world that I thought were pretty interesting.
Mexico: Women put on new panties in one of two colors to symbolize their hopes for the coming year – Red for Love or Yellow for Money.
Belarus: Single women compete in unusual games, such as lining up piles of corn and seeing whose kernels a rooster chooses first. The winner is considered the most likely to marry in the new year.
Japan: They throw a bonekai (or “forget-the-year” party), where bosses let employees get more relaxed than usual in the workplace.
Rio de Janeiro: Crowds father at the beach to throw flowers into the ocean at midnight.
Phillipines: Women wear polka dots. The roundness reminds them of coins and wealth.
Ecuador: They burn photos and scarecrows to destroy bad memories from the last 12 months.
Denmark: Friends smash dishes on each other’s doorsteps – those who end up with the most broken plates are believed to have the most loyal friends.
*Article found in Marie Clare Magazine.