Revealed: Some of the weirdest New Year Traditions from around the world

Revealed: Some of the weirdest New Year Traditions from around the world

On New Year’s Eve in some parts of Italy, it is traditional to throw old furniture out of balconies to symbolise a fresh start for the year ahead. Photo: MyBaggage.com

From burning effigies and breaking plates to chucking furniture out of the window and talking to animals, some of the weirdest and wackiest New Year’s traditions from around the world have been revealed.

Travel experts at MyBaggage.com have named eight of the most unusual traditions from countries like Ecuador, Japan and Denmark.

Whilst Brits like to get drunk and sing Auld Lang Syne on the 31st December, countries around the world have developed their own customs.

To banish any ill fortune or bad things that have happened over the last 12 months, Ecuadorians set fire to scarecrows filled with paper at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

And it turns out it’s not just the Greeks who enjoy smashing crockery during celebratory occasions; the Danes also hurl unused plates that have been saved up throughout the year at the front doors of family and friends on 31st December.

A spokesperson for My Baggage commented: “This year, New Year’s Eve is likely going to look very different to years previous for most people around the globe.

“Nevertheless, to encourage people to look forward to 2021, we thought it’d fun to take a look at the New Year’s traditions and customs of people across the world.

“Compared to the likes of Italy, Argentina and the Philippines, our traditions are pretty boring! Throwing old furniture out of the windows could be just the stress relief needed after this crazy year.”

Scarecrow burning - Ecuador
To banish any ill fortune or bad things that have happened over the last 12 months, Ecuadorians set fire to scarecrows filled with paper at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
They also burn photographs of things that represent the past year.

Broken plates - Denmark
Turns out it’s not just the Greeks who enjoy smashing crockery during celebratory occasions.
The Danes also hurl unused plates that have been saved up throughout the year at the front doors of family and friends on New Year’s Eve.

108 rings - Japan
In Japan bells are rung 108 times in a Buddhist tradition that is believed to banish all human sins.
It’s also good luck to be smiling or laughing going into the New Year.

Coloured underwear - South America
In South American countries such as Mexico, Bolivia, and Brazil, your fortunes for the year ahead are decided by the colour of your underwear.
Those who want to find love wear red underpants for New Year, whilst those hoping for wealth should opt for yellow.
If you’re just looking for peace, white pants should do the trick.


Round things - Philippines
Hoping to bring prosperity and wealth for the year ahead, Filipinos surround themselves with round things on New Year’s Eve, to represent coins and wealth.
They also consume grapes, keep coins in their pockets, and wear clothes with polka dots, amongst other things.

Tossing furniture out of the window - Italy
On New Year’s Eve in some parts of Italy, it is traditional to throw old furniture out of balconies to symbolise a fresh start for the year ahead.
Although, to prevent injuries, most locals just stick to small and soft objects.
Meanwhile, My Baggage has created a comprehensive guide to moving to Italy which looks at Italian culture in more detail.


Tossing paper out of the window - Argentina

Argentines shred all their old documents and papers before the curtain falls on the year, to symbolise leaving the past behind.
They then toss the shreds out of the window like confetti around lunchtime on December 31st.

Talking to animals - Romania
Romanian farmers spend their New Year’s trying to communicate with their livestock, and earning good luck if they succeed.

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