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New Year’s Superstitions
HOW DIFFERENT CULTURES CELEBRATE FromAround the Globe
In this month’s cover article, I share some of
the traditions and superstitions that my family associates with New Year’s. To help make us sound a little less out there, I thought it would be fun to compile a short list of other ways people around the globe conjure good luck at the changing of the calendar. PACKING FOR ADVENTURE It’s a traditional Latin American practice to leave an empty suitcase outside your door in hopes of bringing about a year full of travel. Some people even go so far as to walk around the block with their luggage for a little extra good fortune. DON’T CRY OVER SPILT ICE CREAM Given Switzerland’s reputation as a dessert hotspot, it’s no surprise the nation has a superstition involving sweet treats. Locals throw
a scoop of ice cream on the
ground as the clock strikes midnight in a gesture that’s believed to guarantee a year of abundance.
appliances by literally throwing them out
the window. They certainly take the phrase “out with the old, in with the new” seriously.
DANCIN’ THE EVIL SPIRITS AWAY In Romania, New Year’s Eve isn’t complete without participating in a “Bear Dance.” The tradition features locals dancing in bear costumes and it is thought to deter evil spirits for the entirety of the coming year. LOOK OUT BELOW! A practice that might cause a riot anywhere else on earth is a part of the New Year’s celebration in Johannesburg, South Africa. There, it’s customary to discard old furniture and
WELL, IT’S ALMOST CHAMPAGNE Most of us ring in the year with bubbles, but in Spain, they prefer the prefermented form. People put a single grape in their mouths with each strike of the clock. If you can manage to fit in a full 12, you’re destined for a great year. Does your family have any unique superstitions at New Year’s? If so, we’d love to hear about them. Just don’t throw a couch at us!
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