New Year’s traditions around the world – New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions vary across the globe. The following is a look at the unique ways people ring in the new year throughout the world. #NewYears
New Year’s Traditions Around the World
Each December 31st, people anxiously await and count down to the arrival of the new year. January 1 often is a time for reflection and for making future plans. It also is a holiday full of tradition.
Notable New Year’s traditions include toasting champagne beneath skies lit up by fireworks, kissing one’s sweetheart at midnight and making resolutions to better oneself in the year ahead.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions vary across the globe. The following is a look at the unique ways people ring in the new year throughout the world.New Year's traditions around the world – New Year's Eve and New Year's Day traditions vary across the globe. The following is a look at the unique ways people ring in the new year throughout the world. #NewYears Click To Tweet
Filipinos embrace round fruits for the new year. The custom includes gathering 12 different round fruits for each month of the year. The round shape symbolizes wealth and prosperity.
Around Stonehaven, Scotland, people wield large fireballs for the Hogmanay festival on New Year’s Eve. The idea is to ward off evil spirits by swinging balls of fires over the heads of trained professionals and then tossing them into the sea. The tradition has endured for more than 100 years.
Eastern Orthodox Greek Church
In the Eastern Orthodox Greek Church, Christmas isn’t celebrated until January 7. Aghios Vassilis, the Greek Santa Claus, makes his rounds on New Year’s Day. Which is the day of The Day of Epiphany.
Chilean families celebrate the arrival of the new year by commemorating deceased friends and family members. It is common for those in Chile to set up chairs next to graves in the cemetery.
Burmese people end the Thingyan water festival on New Year’s Day. Since April, they have celebrated the arrival of Thagyamin, a celestial Buddhist figure, with the firing of water cannons. The water-logged revelry ends with the new year.
Siberians celebrate the new year’s with the planting of the “New Year’s Tree” underneath frozen lakes. This “yolka.”” is said to symbolize the coming of Father Frost, but also represents starting over.
Grapes are a hallmark of Spanish New Year’s celebrations. Throughout Spain, revelers gobble a grape per second as they count down the last 12 seconds of the year. Each grape corresponds to good luck for the 12 months of the new year.
In Denmark, residents break old dishes on the doorsteps of family and friends on New Year’s Day. The bigger the pile, the more friends and good will in the new year.
In China, where the new year is celebrated on February 5 this year according to the lunar calendar, celebrants paint their doors red or hang red curtains or cutouts on windows to symbolize good luck.
When New’s Year’s Is Celebrated
New Year’s celebrations can be complicated, and those complications have nothing to do with punch bowls or party hats. According to TimeandDate.com, the world has more than 24 time zones. But things are more complex than that because the International Date Line creates three more, and not all time zones are an hour apart. As a result, it will take 26 hours for the new year to encompass all time zones in 2019. The following rundown shows when the new year will be celebrated in various areas across the globe and what time it will be in New York when revelers in those countries are officially ringing in the New Year.
The following rundown shows when the new year will be celebrated in various areas across the globe and what time it will be in New York when revelers in those countries are officially ringing in their New Year. (New York is on Eastern Time Zone).
- Samoa and Christmas Island will be the first to welcome 2019, doing so when it is 5 a.m. on December 31st in New York.
- Much of New Zealand, with certain exceptions, will ring in 2019 when most New Yorkers are still in bed at 6 a.m.
- Most Australians will be celebrating 2019 when it is 8 a.m. in the Big Apple.
- Japan and South Korea will be welcoming 2019 when it is 10 a.m. in New York. That’s right around the time many New Yorkers arrive at their offices.
- The Philippines won’t be far behind, welcoming 2019 just an hour after Japan and South Korea.
- Afghanistan will be ringing in 2019 when it is 2:30 p.m. in New York. Times Square figures to be filled up by then.
- Celebrants in Moscow will welcome 2019 when it is 4 p.m. in New York.
- As 5 p.m. quitting time strikes in New York, Greece and 31 other countries will be welcoming 2019.
- When the clock strikes 10 p.m. in New York, Argentina and regions of Brazil will be hard at play celebrating the dawn of 2019.
- New Yorkers will finally get to kiss their sweethearts as the clock strikes midnight in the Big Apple. People as far west as Detroit will be doing the same.
- As many New Yorkers finally lay their heads to rest at 4:30 a.m. on January 1, the 2019 portion of the party will just be getting started in the Marquesas Islands.
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Article compliments of Metro Creative. TF191621 & TF191624 – First published December 18, 2018. Last updated or republished December 26, 2019.