Ever wonder how other cultures celebrate New Year’s? In almost every culture they do an act that is supposed to bring good luck/health/or wealth to people. In the US we share a kiss at midnight that will "purify" us for the upcoming year. Here are some other ways people believe bring good luck:
Austria : The suckling pig is the symbol for good luck for the new year. It’s served on a table decorated with tiny edible pigs. Dessert often consists of green peppermint ice cream in the shape of a four leaf clover.
England: The British place their fortunes for the coming year in the hands of their first guest. They believe the first visitor of each year should be male and bearing gifts. Traditional gifts are coal for the fire, a loaf for the table and a drink for the master. For good luck, the guest should enter through the front door and leave through the back. Guests who are empty handed or unwanted are not allowed to enter first.
Spain : In Spain, when the clock strikes midnight, the Spanish eat 12 grapes, one with every toll, to bring good luck for the 12 months ahead.
Sicily : An old Sicilian tradition says good luck will come to those who eat lasagna on New Year’s Day, but woe if you dine on macaroni, for any other noodle will bring bad luck.
Norway : Norwegians make rice pudding at New Year’s and hide one whole almond within. Guaranteed wealth goes to the person whose serving holds the lucky almond.
For more traditions around the world and how the New Year's Celebration began, check out History of New Year's Resolutions
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