Can you believe that 2015 is almost over? It feels like the year just began and now it is swiftly coming to a close. New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate everything that happened this past year and look forward to 2016.
Here in the United States, we like to have fun parties with lots of food and drink and then of course, have a countdown for the last seconds of the year. But, have you ever wondered what New Year’s Eve traditions in other parts of the world look like?
The Scots celebrate the New Year possibly more than any other group. In fact, they even have their own name for it, Hogmanay. During Hogmanay, the Scottish people clean their houses and attempt to clear all their debts. Right after midnight, they sing the traditional “Auld Lang Syne,” which is where Americas get this tradition.
“First footing” is another Scottish tradition, which involves having a dark-haired man be the first person to step into your house. They usually bring along whisky and shortbread.
In Rio de Janeiro, thousands of people dressed in white line the beach and throw flowers into the sea at midnight. These flowers were traditionally for the African sea goddess Yemanja, but have become mixed with the Virgin Mary.
In Sydney, everyone comes down to the harbor to watch a spectacular fireworks display shoot into the air at midnight.
What New Year’s Eve traditions does your family have?