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Celebrating New Year’s Eve around the world

Ever wondered how people celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brazil, The Philippines or Russia? We’ve gathered together some of our favourite New Year traditions from around the world… let us know if you give any of these a try on Dec 31st! 


Brazilians wear all-white clothing on New Year’s Eve, which is said to ward off evil spirits. They also jump over seven ocean waves (one for each day of the week) and throw flowers into the sea. 


If you want to prosper in 2019, do like the Chileans do - eat a spoonful of lentils at midnight and put some money in the bottom of your shoe. A slightly less fun tradition is spending the night at a graveyard, so you can ring in the new year with loved ones who have passed away.


Danes show love for their friends and neighbours on NYE by smashing plates and glasses against their houses – maybe not one to try on Sandra from number 56! For extra good luck, stand on a chair and leap off at midnight (or so goes the custom in Denmark). 

The Philippines

We love this one – Filipinos wear polka dots on New Year’s Eve (a great excuse to buy a new outfit, we say). They also carry coins in their pockets and many families eat fruits like oranges and grapefruits… all because round objects signify prosperity. 


We knew the Russian tradition would be hardcore – if you want your 2019 wishes to come true, write them on a piece of paper, burn it, put the ashes in a glass of champagne and drink it. Bottoms up!


We think this one is way better than a shaky rendition of Auld Lang Syne – in many Spanish-speaking countries, it’s common to eat 12 grapes at midnight to bring good luck for each month of the year. The catch is, you have to eat a grape every time the clock goes ‘bong’!
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