Unusual New Year's traditions around the world

Unusual New Year’s traditions around the world

Year of 2018 is upon us! When it comes to New Year’s celebration, not only each family has there own traditions – each country does as well. Some of these traditions might surprise you. Others will make you want to experience these unique celebrations first hand. Here are the 8 unusual New Year’s traditions around the world:


In Canada, New Year’s day tradition is called Polar Bear Swim, which started in 1920. It involves people jumping into freezing waters of the English Bay


Russians write down a wish on a piece of paper, burn it, and throw it into their glass of champagne. They must drink it between 11:59 and 12am in hopes that their wish for next year will come true.


Every year Brazilians throw white flowers into the ocean as an offering to the Goddess of the Sea. They believe it will make their wishes come true.


On New Year’s Day, it’s a tradition to drop ice cream on the floor to bring luck and wealth.


As a symbol of rebirth for next year, the Greek hang an onion from the front door of the house on New Year’s Eve. The next morning, parents wake thei children up by tapping them on the head with an onion.


Romanians try to communicate with their animals on New Year’s Eve to bring luck for next year.


Buddhist temples welcome the new year by ringing their bells 108 times – one for each human sin in Buddhist belief. The Japanese believe that it cleanses them for last year’s sins.


Circles as considered scared in the Phillipines; therefore, New Year’s celebration features people wearing polka dots and eating round fruits. These practices bring prosperity.