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The new year is around the corner, and seeing how the years 2020 and 2021 went, we’re going to need the most good luck we can get for 2022. So let’s take a look at New Year’s traditions from around the world.

1. Ecuador practices burning scarecrows filled with paper on New Year’s Eve, or burning pictures of bad memories to banish bad fortune.

2. Denmark smashes unused plates that have been saved up throughout the year. They’re broken at the front doors of family and friends for good luck on New Year’s Eve. And of course, the more plates you find outside your door, the more luck you’ll have.

3. Japan likes to ring the bell 108 times. A bell is typically rung 107 times on December 31 and once more, when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s. According to the Buddhist teachings, 108 represents worldly desires that a person experiences throughout the course of their life. The final bell is to cleanse you of your problems and worries from last year.

4. South America believes in wearing colored underwear on New Year’s Eve, with specific colors for specific goals. Wearing new, yellow underwear is supposed to bring luck, money, and happiness because the color signifies wealth. Wearing new, red underwear is supposed to usher in more love and passion.

5. Filipinos hope for prosperity and wealth to the coming year by surrounding themselves with round things on New Year’s Eve. From coins to grapes, each item represents wealth and success. Wonder if wearing polka dots counts?


There are too many to list here. For the rest of the traditions on this list, go here…

Traditions from around the world from Country Living