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New Year's Eve Around the World

By Patrisha Z | Dec 28 2012

What are you doing for New Year's Eve? We love hearing how people around the world celebrate the New Year! Here are a few of the coolest and whackiest New Years traditions from across the globe...

Denmark: the Danes love to leap off chairs at midnight, hoping to ban all bad spirits in the new year. They also celebrating the new year by breaking dishes. People throw their old dishes on their friends’ doors on New Years and the one with the most dishes outside their door, usually has the most friends.

At midnight in Spain everyone consumes 12 grapes and tries to finish all of them by the time the clock stops chiming.

On New Year's Eve in Puerto Rico everyone throes buckets of water out the window to “clean” the old year out. They also clean their homes and decorate them, to symbolize the “cleaning” of the spirit.

In Belarus, unmarried women compete in games of skill to determine who will get married first in the new year. One game involves setting piles of corn and a rooster before each of the single ladies. Whichever pile the bird approaches first, is believed to be the one who is to be married first.

In South America everyone wears brightly colored underpants. Those who wear red, are hoping for love in the new year. Those who chose to wear yellow, are wishing for money.

So how will you celebrate New Year's? We would love to hear on Facebook!