As the clock strikes midnight and the world collectively bids farewell to the year, there’s a shared anticipation for the possibilities that a new beginning holds.
Beyond the glittering fireworks and countdowns, New Year’s celebrations around the world are quite different. Here are 5 traditions centered around celebrating New Year’s Eve from around the world that you can indulge in too while bidding adieu to 2023!
Make a Rangoli in India
In India, Diwali, the Hindu New Year, symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. One of the ways Indians ring in the festival of lights is through the creation of rangoli, a design they make outside their houses using rice flour.
It allows for creativity to flow, as well as is a celebration that is somber and quiet for those who like it. Alternatively, you can also use colorful sidewalk chalk to make these designs.
Sing for Candy in Norway
In Norway, the tradition of Nyttarsbukk sees children singing door-to-door on New Year’s Eve, reminiscent of Halloween, just with more music. This joyful exchange of songs for sweets brings communities together.
Embracing this tradition globally, families can end the night with a karaoke session, bonding over music and indulging in sweet treats for a delightful family experience.
Take a Polar Bear Plunge in Canada
Canada embraces the Polar Bear Plunge, a New Year’s Day tradition involving a chilly dip for a refreshing start and to support charitable causes! Originating in Vancouver, this invigorating tradition has crossed borders, reaching Coney Island in New York.
While caution is necessary due to health risks, including cold shock response, the plunge symbolizes washing away the past for a rejuvenated beginning. For a safer alternative, splash in a bathtub and contribute to a good cause.
Go to the Beach in Costa Rica
Costa Ricans celebrate the New Year with a unique tradition—heading to the beach. Picture beach chairs, coolers filled with drinks, and the serene beauty of the shore.
Beyond the aesthetic appeal, spending time at the beach is a nod to mental well-being. If a beach is inaccessible, any body of water can serve as a tranquil alternative, emphasizing the importance of adapting traditions to local settings.
Invest in Fresh Underwear in Bolivia
For a special occasion like the New Year, Bolivians indulge in the tradition of purchasing predominantly red and yellow underwear from local vendors!
According to local beliefs, the color of your undergarments has the potential to influence the energy of the coming year. Red is associated with attracting love, while yellow is thought to symbolically invite abundance into your life.