Denmark redefines the idea of a unique New Year celebration where they simply smash plates. Yes, you read that right. While most countries host New Year parties to spend quality time with friends and family, in Denmark you are required to pick up your unwanted crockery and smash them against the front doors of your friend’s door. Your popularity will reflect on the heap on your doorstep.
The Chinese New Year is a much-celebrated event, which is colourful and exciting. Here in China, you can partake in the many traditions of Chinese New Year. One particular tradition is handing out cash in red envelopes. Elders usually hand out various sums of money to the young people in red envelopes. Yet another tradition here is bursting firecrackers that burst aloud. It is believed that the sound and fire can ward off evil spirits.
Well, it’s celebration in Russia, what do you expect? During the days of the communist occupation, Russia saw a dearth of celebrations. This gave rise to massive New Year celebratory traditions that include one particularly interesting one. The tradition requires you to write your New Year’s wish on a piece of paper and then set it alight. You then need to drop the remains into your champagne glass, and of course, drink it before the clock goes past 12.
The Japanese have their own unique set of traditions of course when it comes to New Year celebrations. New Year’s Eve is also known as Omisoka, and the tradition is ringing bells in Buddhist temples, and that too exactly 108 times. The reason for 108 is that this is the number of human desires, which means the causes of suffering. Thus, this could take away all negative emotions, and the best place to go to is Zojoji Temple in Tokyo.
Thailand New Year 2018 will see a lot of fun and frolic of course. After all, it is one of the most exciting party destinations. But traditionally things can be a lot different. Known as Songkran, the Thai people celebrate New Year by splashing water onto each other. You will find lots of people walking the streets with buckets of water, ready to attack each other. There is also a need for spending time with family and, hence, you will find a lot of young people visiting elders in the family. Visiting temples is yet another important New Year’s tradition.
The most widespread national custom is the practice of first-footing, which starts immediately after midnight. This involves being the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour and often involves the giving of symbolic gifts such as salt (less common today), coal,shortbread, whisky, and black bun (a rich fruit cake), intended to bring different kinds of luck to the householder. Food and drink (as the gifts) are then given to the guests. This may go on throughout the early hours of the morning and well into the next day (although modern days see people visiting houses well into the middle of January). The first-foot is supposed to set the luck for the rest of the year. Traditionally, tall, dark-haired men are preferred as the first-foot.
Children’s New Year’s holiday in Cuba is called the Day of Kings. Kings-wizards, who bring gifts to children, are called Baltasar, Gaspar and Melchor. On the eve of the New Year the children write letters to them, in which they tell of their cherished desires. Cubans in the New Year’s Eve fill with water all the dishes that are in the house, and at midnight they start pouring it out of the windows. In such a way all the inhabitants of the Island of Freedom wish the New Year a bright and clean way, like water. And while the clock beats 12 beats, people need to eat 12 grapes, and then goodness, harmony, prosperity and peace will accompany them all twelve months.
The celebration of the New Year in Kyrgyzstan practically does not differ from a similar holiday in other republics of the former USSR. But, the New Year in Kyrgyzstan is often celebrated without snow at a temperature of plus ten. However, those who wish can go to the mountains to the ski resorts, where there is as much snow. By tradition, the country’s main tree is set on the central Ala-Too square, which at this time enjoys even greater popularity among the population and tourists.