Do you know the different New Year’s Eve Traditions from all over the world? Let me mention some of those traditions to imagine how they enjoy the holiday with their family clearly. We have different ways on how to celebrate New Year’s Eve with our loved ones. Lots of traditions were ideally observed because of some personal reasons and norms.

Come and join me in exploring the different traditions, norms, and cultures during New Year’s Eve from all over the world:


In this country, it is normal to eat 12 pieces of grapes – one per stroke of the clock until midnight on New Year’s Eve. They believe that each grape epitomizes good luck for every month of the year. In some big cities like Barcelona and Madrid, people go together in main squares to the 12 pieces of grapes and take some cava bottles.


Danish greet the upcoming year by tossing old plates and glasses against their friends’ and family’s doors. According to them, this is to banish bad spirits to their places. They stand on chairs and simultaneously jump at midnight, believing about “luck.”


Filipinos believe in many traditions for New Year’s Eve. They gather round shapes as representatives of money coins. This symbolizes good luck and prosperity for the coming year. The majority of the families display different types of rounded fruits on their tables. Some of them eat the 12 pieces of round fruits at midnight. They also believe that wearing polka dots on New Year’s Eve brings luck for the new year coming.


Same with the countries in South and Central America like Bolivia, Venezuela, and Ecuador, they believe that wearing special underwear on New Year’s Eve would bring luck to them. The most common colors that they wear are red and yellow. They believe that a red-type underwear would bring love in the upcoming year, and the yellow-type underwear brings money to them.


Hanging onion on their houses’ front doors is a traditional way of celebrating their New Year’s Eve. This symbolizes rebirth in the New Year. And during this day, parents wake their kids by means of tapping them on their head with an onion.


People in this country predict the upcoming year through casting molten tin to the water’s containers. After it hardens, they interpret the produced shape. A ring or heart signifies a wedding; a pig connotes abundance of food, and a ship symbolizes travel.


It is the resident’s culture to burn effigies of known people like political figures in their country and television characters. This is their way to drive away from the evil spirits towards a new and fresh start of the upcoming year.


On the New Year’s Eve occasion of Hogmanay, they practiced “first-footing” in any part of the country. It is their belief that the first one who crosses a verge of home in New year must bring a gift that represents a bit of luck. People in this country also conduct bonfire ceremonies. During the ceremony, people parade while they swing big fireballs on poles. These symbolize the sun, which purifies the upcoming year.


There are still some other traditions that are being practiced in any international place. Most of them believe in luck, prosperity, money, love, an abundance of food, and any other type of blessings from above. Whatever their traditions are, it is still imperative to celebrate New Year’s Eve with love and care within the family. What is important is to face the coming year with love and understanding with one another since it is a genuine type of celebrating the new beginning.

If you also know some other traditions of other places, then feel free to share some of them. You can share your ideas by providing insight in the comment section. I know that you also love New Year’s Eve celebration, for it symbolizes you and your family.