2022

This year I get to end the year with family and fun New Year’s traditions from around the world. While not every family member is able to join due to COVID, they will be here in spirit.

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Some of our annual traditions include:

SouthEating Hopin’ John
GreeceSet an extra place setting
IrelandBanging bread on Walls
Germany, FinlandMolybdomancy (melting tin)
IsraelThrow bread crumbs in a river to cast out errors
JapanSlurp soba noodles without them breaking
ScandinaviaAlmond in rice pudding
PanamaBurn effigies
Equador, HungryScarecrow Burning, “Jack Straw”
Cuba, Puerto RicoThrow water out the window or back door
ColombiaRun down the street with empty suitcases
ScotlandFlaming Sticks
DenmarkJump Off Chair
ColombiaRun Around Neighborhood with suitcase
SpainEat 12 Grapes
EquadorHide cash around the house
JapanLaugh at Midnight
Mexico, Brazil, BoliviaWear Yellow Underwear
PhillipinesPolka Dots
Italy, DenmarkBreaking Dishes
GermanyWatch “Dinner For One
CelticLight Candle at Dusk and burn through the night
RomaniaWear a Bear
Ireland, Cuba, AustriaEat Pork
MexicoHang a wool lamb from the door
Colorado , New MexicoSing dandos los Dias
Various Latin countriesHandling silver
Netherlands, Mexico, greeceRing Shaped Pasteries
JapanDaruma Dolls
Dollar in Lentils
GreeceHang an Onion over the door and wake your children with it
GreecePlay a gambling card game
Thank you to Debbie Materson for curating this list

Each of these traditions are said to bring luck to those who observe them.

Most importantly, never eat chicken on New Year’s Day. Because it has wings, your good luck can literally fly away.

Author: canesgirl88

Just a girl trying to change the world.

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