Whenever New Year is around the corner, we start wondering what to have in our wardrobe for the New Year’s Eve? Nice dress? Jewellery? A good suit? Or what about an underwear? Well if we were in parts of South America, this question wouldn’t sounded so weird. In Sao Paulo, and other spots, people deliberately wear bright coloured underpants to ring in the New Year- red if they are looking for love and yellow for money.
It’s no wonder we all welcome New Year with such an enthusiasm. Here in India and in many other parts of the world the event is celebrated with lights and by taking the name of the god so that the New Year and new beginning should be successful and prosperous for us. In U.S the event is celebrated with lots of Parades, carousing and toasts. Some cultures though have more unusual ways of celebrating the New Year.
In many parts of the world people believe that the specific actions taken on the New Year’s eve or New Year’s Day decides the fate of the people ahead. In Philippines for example people believe that wearing polka dots and eating round fruits brings prosperity whole year ahead. In Spain people think that the year ahead will be prosperous by wolfing down handful of grapes when the clock strikes 12.
In many countries New Year’s eve is about leaving the bad memories of the past year behind so that we can vacant the space for new year to arrive uncorrupted and with prosperity. And to do this in many parts people use the purifying power of the fire in such ceremonies, for example in the Scottish festival of Hogmanay, parades of village men swing giant blazing fireballs over their heads as they march through the streets.
There are many more traditions of New – Year’s eve, which are very funny as well as weird. In South Africa people throw their old electronics out of the window to make a new starting and new way for new things. Some people are very fond of travelling, so to make their coming new year full of travelling, resident people of Colombia tote empty suitcases around the block. In Japan people wear a costume of the next year’s zodiac animal (in 2014: a horse) to the local temple, where bells chime a sacred of 108 times.
In Denmark, Denmark people welcomes the New Year by hurling old plates and glasses against the doors of the friends and relatives houses. They also collect together in mid- night and jump off together from chair leaping into the new month of the New Year leaving bad spirits and memories behind and bring good luck. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, it’s customary in Spain to quickly eat 12 grapes—one at each stroke of the clock. Each grape supposedly signifies good luck for one month of the coming year. In Madrid, Barcelona, and other Spanish cities, people congregate in the main squares to gobble their grapes together and pass around bottles of cava.