Here’s a hypothetical situation: It’s New Years Eve and you’re in New York City. You have already gone out to eat and devoured some black-eyed peas. You later arrive at Time Square to watch the ball drop. 10! 9! 8…the countdown begins. Your heart is pounding hard because you can’t wait to kiss your significant other. 3! 2! 1! “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” Confetti flies everywhere. The kiss is majestic.
Sounds like every American’s dream way to spend New Year’s Eve, right? Perhaps. That’s the generalization because those are some of the most popular American New Year’s traditions. But have you ever wondered what causes this kind of excitement in other countries? Let’s take a look at what it would be like to partake in other countries’ traditions.
Estonia: People try to eat 7, 9, or 12 times throughout New Year’s Day because those numbers are thought to be lucky.
That shouldn’t be too challenging considering I already eat that frequently.
Russia: Write down a wish on a piece of paper, burn it, throw it into a champagne glass, and drink it before 12:01 to make your wish come true.
Chug. Those ashes are not going to be tasty if you take your time.
Belarus: Single women put a pile of corn in front of their feet and let a rooster decide which pile it wants to eat from. Whoever the chosen pile belongs to will be the next to get married.
May the search for a rooster commence because I totally want to know if I’ll just be wasting my time with fuckboys this coming year.
Romania: Farmers try to communicate with their animals on New Year’s Eve. If they are successful, it is believed they will have good luck for the following year.
Have fun trying, Wild Thornberry’s.
Italy: People gather in St. Mark’s Square to bring in the new year with a mass kissing session.
Spread the love.
Canada: Known as the Polar Bear Swim, the tradition involves people jumping into freezing waters on New Years Day.
Beware of hypothermia. Otherwise, go for it.
Argentina: Wearing brand-new pink underwear is thought to bring love.
Bitches “love” new underwear.
Denmark: It is tradition to smash plates on their neighbor’s doorsteps. The more broken pieces at your door, the more luck for you.
Because what better way to show some neighborly love than by smashing plates on someone’s doorstep? I lowkey hope I find broken kitchenware outside my door when I wake up.
Germany: For good luck, Germans eat a donut filled with liquor, called a Pfannekuchen.
Two of the best things to digest in one? Sounds like a pretty bad ass way to kick off the year..