On New Year, each country has a special tradition to celebrate. There are places to organize festivals, burn scarecrows, or throw bread for good luck. We are too familiar with the traditional Tet days in Vietnam, so in other countries, how is Tet celebrated?
1. Jump into an ice lake (Siberia, Russia)
In Siberia, people often celebrate the new year by … jumping into the frozen lake and hugging the logs.
2. Overnight in cemetery (Chile)
In Chile, families often spend a night next to their loved ones’ graves on the New Year, so they will stay at the cemetery.
3. Talk to the cow
In Belgium, people take captive pets very seriously. At the beginning of the new year, farmers will talk to their cows. This tradition also appears in Romania, in hopes of good luck in the following year.
4. Smashing dishes (Denmark)
In Denmark, people retain unused bowls and dishes. On December 31, they will smash broken dishes in the door of friends and relatives, following the strange tradition of this country.
5. Burning scarecrow (Ecuador)
Ecuadorians celebrate the new year by burning scarecrows at midnight. Besides, they also burned the photos taken in the previous year, in order to eliminate the bad luck and bring luck.
6. Eat 12 grapes (Spain)
In Spain, the New Year tradition always goes with grapes. If you can fit just 12 grapes into your mouth at New Year’s Eve, you will have a lot of luck in the new year.
7. Round objects (Philippines)
In the Philippines, it is believed that everything used in the new year must be circular, because it symbolizes coins and thus brings wealth home. Food, clothing, and utensils are all turned into circles.
8. Colorful underwear (South America)
In some parts of South America, people wear colorful underwear on New Year to pray for good luck. Red will pray for love, yellow will give you money, and white will pray for peace.
9,108 bells (Japan)
In Japan, people will ring the bell 108 times during Tet. According to the Buddhist concept, these 108 bells bring purification, purity and good luck to everyone.
10. Takanakuy Festival (Peru)
This traditional festival prevails in a small area in Peru, where people organize wrestling. As such, they can start a new year without being bound by things in the old year.
11. Dropping ice cream (Sweden)
In Sweden, many people celebrate the new year by intentionally dropping ice cream on the floor.
12. Throwing coins (Romania)
In Romania, people throw coins into the river to pray for luck and money in the new year.
13. Pour water (Puerto Rico)
In some parts of Puerto Rico, people throw buckets and water bottles out of windows to purify homes and chase away bad spirits.
14. Bake coins (Bolivia)
In Bolivia, the coins are baked with sweet candies. According to their conception, anyone who finds this coin when eating will have unexpected luck.
15. Pancakes (French)
The French like simplicity and especially the cakes. Every New Year, they buy and eat a lot of pancakes.
16. Carrying luggage (Colombia)
Colombia, on the occasion of the New Year, people will carry their luggage suitcase all day, in hopes of a new year full of trips.
17. Throwing stone powder (Thai)
Besides spraying water on each other, in Thailand, people also use stone powder to throw on people or apply on each other’s face.
19. Throwing bread (Ireland)
In Ireland, people use bread and bread flour to throw at the wall, to ward off evil spirits, wish the New Year a peaceful.
20. Dispose of furniture (South Africa)
In the tradition of some countries in South Africa, people throw old furniture out the window to welcome the new year.