8 Strange New Year Traditions Followed Around The World

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furniture throwing in south africa
furniture throwing in south africa

New Year is round the corner and everyone is planning for their New Year’s Eve celebrations. There are not any specific traditions that are followed during the New Year season. People attend events or parties that are organized in their cities, which is usually popular celebration among the youngsters. People invite their family friends and relatives for get together at their places.

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new year 2017
happy new year 2017
happy new year 2017

These are some of the common traditions to celebrate New Year but very less people are aware about some of the strange traditions which are followed on the New Year in different parts of the world. Here we compiled a list of some of the strange/weird traditions that are followed around the world. Some of them can actually surprise you.

1.Effigy Burning (Panama)

On the night of New Year, The people of Panama burn the effigies of prominent people where the effigy depicts the old year and they burn all the troubles and evil things that happened in the year going-by so that they can be left in the past and people can have a new start.

effigy burning in panama
effigy burning in panama

2.Metal Predictions (Finland)

In Finland, a strange tradition is followed where a melted item usually tin is put into water. The resulting shape is considered to be predicted as the person’s future. It usually represents the person’s health, wealth or happiness.

metal predictions in finland
metal predictions in finland

3.Cemetery Sleeping (Chile)

On the New Year night, Families in Chile tend to spend their whole night at the cemetery with their deceased loved ones. They visit the the place and spend the new year by sleeping next to the loved ones they have lost.

cemetery sleeping in chile
cemetery sleeping in chile

4.Bread Hitting (Ireland)

Irish people have been following this tradition since long. They hit their walls of home with breads to deflect away bad luck. It is also considered for the good luck and to ensure that there would be plenty of bread in their homes in the coming year.

bread hitting
bread hitting

5.Furniture Throw (South Africa)

This tradition used to be followed in South Africa for a long but now has been stopped and avoided by the people there as they used to throw their old furniture out of their windows in the hope of new ones.

furniture throwing in south africa
furniture throwing in south africa

6.Crockery Breaking (Denmark)

The people of Denmark have been following the trend of throwing away their old crockery which they have kept for the occasion. They do it in the hope of expecting new things in the coming year.

crockery breaking denmark
crockery breaking denmark

7.Empty Suitcase (Mexico)

In some parts of South America and Mexico, People walk in the streets along with an empty suitcase in the hope of expecting loads of adventures and trips in the coming year.

empty suitcase carrying in mexico
empty suitcase carrying in mexico

8.First-Footing (Scotland)

The tradition is quite famous in Scotland and also other parts of Britain. The first person to put his feet inside the house after the midnight is to bring present and luck for the people of house.

first footing in scotland
first footing in scotland

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