Monday, 5 January 2015

New Year's Eve Traditions Around the World

Options staff and homeowners are a diverse group that come from all walks of life, different cultures and many different countries around the world.  We were intrigued when we saw these New Year's traditions and since you can't believe everything you read on the internet we thought we should ask you, our Options community, to confirm or deny whether or not there traditions exist where you come from.

Argentina:
- Wear brand new pink underwear to attract love.
- At exactly 12:00 step forward with your right foot (to start the year of on the "right foot")
At exactly 12:00, step forward with your right foot to start the year off with...YOUR RIGHT FOOT!

Brazil:
- Wear white to scare away bad spirits
- Jump seven waves for good luck
- Give some gifts to the Goddess Lemanja
Jump 7 waves for good luck.

Britain:
- Watch Jools Holland's Hootenanny.

Chile: 
- Eat a spoonful of lentils at midnight for a year filled with work and money
- Sweep your house inside out to remove bad energy
Sweep your house inside out to remove bad energy.


Colombia:
- Walk around your block with an empty suitcase for a year full of travel.
Walk around your block with an empty suitcase for a year full of travel!

Scotland:
- Immediately after the bells, the first-footing begins, which means being the first person across a friend's or neighbour's threshold.

Spain:
- You must eat a grape with each bell strike at midnight.

New Zealand:
- Bang pots and pans as loud as you can.
Bang pots and pans as loud as you can.

Russia:
- Write down a wish on a piece of paper, burn it, throw it into a champagne glass and drink it before 12:01

Disclaimer: All of these traditions were found on the internet so we cannot verify their authenticity.  

Do you know of or participate in any other New Year's traditions? Let us know it the comments or tweet us @OptionsforHomes with the hash tag #Options2015