To equalize all peoples and make them faceless, it is enough to simply take and deprive all people of their national traditions. It turns out that all people are essentially the same – from love to shows to pagan literally the same suspiciousness.
Also, people are well trained by advertising, as evidenced, for example, by the victorious procession through the world of Santa Claus. He is now loved and recognized even in those countries where snow is not seen. But the difference of people around the world has generated a lot of amazing New Year traditions, which we will tell about.
In Australia, the New Year is as hot as we have on May Day. Here in this summer reigns, that’s all, who can only, gets out on the nature, there to have fun, swim and just drink. The revelers assiduously attack the local beaches. Those who do not want to go to the ocean, break out picnics in nature, cooking barbecues. At midnight, bells begin ringing in the cities, and the beaches and groves pierce car horns. In Australia, you can easily see Santa in scarlet swimming trunks, moving from one island of fun to another.
In France it is customary for the New Year to cook a royal pie. At us analogue it is possible to consider a happy dumpling with a coin inside. Inside the festive dish, French women put a small figure of the king before baking. However, the owners often prefer not to risk the teeth of guests, so they simply “crown” the cake with a souvenir paper crown.
The English and the Scots follow the ancient tradition of the “first leg”, inculcated by them even by the Celts fifteen thousand years ago. According to it in the new year, prosperity and happiness will accompany those whose threshold is the youngest charming young man, and it is desirable that he be a brunette. In his pockets, there must be money, and the obligatory gentlemen’s set should include salt, coal and bread. It is advisable to bring whiskey with you. So young dark-haired handsome people have to be very comfortable in English small towns at this time. It remains only not to overeat the abundant treats that await in every home. Also there is a custom to let in the New Year. When the clock is beating 12, the English open the back door to release Old Year, and with the last blow opens the front, in order to admit the New Year.
In Scotland, the New Year is also called Hogmani. On this day, according to custom, barrels of tar are set on fire and they are rolled along the streets, thus burning the Old Year and inviting Novy. A plentiful treat for the New Year is generally inherent in all the peoples of Britain. It was believed that the abundance of food and drink on this day will provide abundance and for the whole next year. Traditional dishes here – puddings, oatmeal, sand pies and of course punch.
In Spain and in Cuba there is a holy tradition – to eat on the New Year’s 12 grapes, exactly on the number of months. Why these berries? The custom appeared in Spain over a hundred years ago, as a reaction to the re-brewing of grapes. Each berry is absorbed with a new stroke of the clock at midnight.
In Japan, the New Year is a special time for calligraphy lovers. Here there is a custom of writing Kakizome. On paper, in large letters, the words “longevity”, “spring” and “eternal youth” are beautifully printed. The Kakizome is written before January 5, and already on the 14th, the notes are burned. It is believed that if a burning leaf with hieroglyphs is picked up by the wind, all desires will come true, as they were sincerely thought.
In Norway, the holiday is accompanied by the participation of mistletoe, a parasitic plant. This evergreen bush has poisonous leaves, as a result of the mistletoe, even ancient trees can be destroyed. In the northern myths of the mistletoe, sacred significance is attached, death and resurrection are associated with it. According to legend, the wife of the god Odin, Frigga, ordered the mistletoe to give people love. Therefore, in Scandinavia, there is a tradition – meeting under the mistletoe between the New Year and Christmas, a man and a woman are obliged to kiss. Not surprisingly, enterprising northerners are dragging a piece of mistletoe into the house, tying it to the chandelier.
For a long time everyone knows that in Italy there is an ancient tradition – to throw out on the New Year from the house all the old, annoying and unnecessary things – up to the sofas and sanitary ware. However, this is just a tempting legend for tourists. In fact, there is another tradition in the country. Italians are so fond of Santa’s new-year styles – Bobo Natal, that this night everyone, both men and women, is trying to wear something red. Let even the underwear. For example, to meet on New Year’s Eve somewhere in Florence a policeman wearing red socks is not a miracle, but rather a harbinger of luck and the coming holiday. Traditionally, it is customary in Italy to have grapes dried in bunches. The berries seem to resemble coins. It is believed that the one who will eat them more and earn money in the coming year.
And here Hungarians on the eve of New Year love to organize arsons. At the mercy of the fire are given the straw stuffed scapegoat. With a burning figure, Hungarians rush about their village or city block. This symbolic way is signaled about getting rid of the troubles of the past year. And that in the new year, happiness flashed and did not fly away, a bird is served at the festive table. Similar traditions exist among Serbs and Croats.
But in Ecuador they prefer to burn dolls in human growth, they are sewn from foam rubber in a few weeks. To the fire was up to the sky, the townspeople, on the eve of the New Year, collect dolls in the central square of the city.
In Paraguay, where there are a lot of real Indians, at the time of the change of the year, all the windows and doors in the dwellings open wide. At the same time, all residents start clattering loudly, making all the noise in the noise. In the course goes even the dishes and those who did not have enough opening, just go knock on the courtyard.
In neighboring Chile, it is this night that it is customary to pierce girls over 6 years of earlobes.
In Belorussia, lovers of folklore adore this festive day to feed from the hands of cocks. As a result, before the hungry crowing bird a line of girls is built, who want to marry. The girl, to whom the first cock approaches and starts to peck the grain from her hands, will go first under the crown. And it does not matter if the cock crawls into an unexpected place – after all, it still symbolizes the masculine principle.
In Finland, the New Year is celebrated with a special glamor – here every winter an ice hotel is built in the town of Jukkasjärvi. By the middle of December, all the work is over, the hotel is ready to receive guests for the holidays. In the spring, the hotel itself melts, draining into the river. Guests are invited to sleep on a bed of ice, eat at an ice table. Fans of the same hot drinks will have to fork out – alcohol in the cold country of roads. New Year under the roof of an unusual hotel can simultaneously meet up to 100 people. And there is still no light from those who wish.
In hot Africa, in the part where there are no conifers at all, on New Year’s holidays they decorate … palm trees! And under them there is something to be surprised. So, in the south of the Ivory Coast live semi-linguists who consider the egg a symbol of all life. There are amazing runs here – black guys and girls get on all fours, taking a chicken egg in their mouth, and running race. The winner must present an egg without a single crack.
In Holland and Belgium, it is customary for the New Year to bake wafers and cookies. As a result, each region can boast of something unique. In the Netherlands, there is also a New Year’s drink “slam”, which is made from hot milk with the addition of tea, sugar and spices.
In Bulgaria, at midnight, the light is extinguished for a few minutes. When all guests stay in the dark you can kiss even with an unfamiliar guest – the holiday will keep the secret of the New Year’s kiss.
Even in space, there are traditions of meeting the New Year. Here, the astronauts change into traditional costumes of the Snow Maiden and Santa Claus, and on the ISS’s balance there are as many as 3 synthetic Christmas trees. In orbit, they indulge in the fact that they catch Father Frost for a beard in a state of weightlessness.Only here to drink in flight it is impossible, and in fact to congratulate each other astronauts can as much as 16 times – on the number of time zones in America and Russia.