New Year’s Eve is considered the biggest party night of the year and it has finally arrived! You most likely have your plans squared away for this evening’s festivities, but do you know how people around the world celebrate?
December 31st is the last day of the Gregorian calendar and while Americans celebrate with lots of alcohol and extravagant parties, other parts of the world have their own traditions. Here are a few of them:
Spain: New Year’s Eve in Spain kicks off with dinner at 9pm (at the earliest!) and dessert consisting of a bunch of grapes is brought out before midnight. Then, one grape is eaten for each toll of the midnight bells as part of an old tradition that is thought to bring good luck.
Greece: Vasilopita (New Year’s Bread) is shared at midnight and has a coin or charm baked into it somewhere. The head of the household divides the bread and whoever gets the piece with the coin is said to have good luck for the coming year!
Colombia: In Colombia, a scarecrow is made and represents the old year. It is stuffed with straw and firecrackers and is adorned with pieces of old clothing from each family member. Then, each person writes a fault or something they want to get rid of on a piece of paper that gets stuffed into the scarecrow too. At midnight (yup you guessed it), the scarecrow is set on fire and burns until only ashes remain. That’s when all of the previous year’s faults and bad luck vanish!
What are your New Year’s Eve 2011 plans?