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New Year's Eve New Year's Eve
by The Ovi Team
2020-12-31 10:11:54
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New Year eve and every different nation have its unique traditions that often have survived through time, invaders and changes. So here some of them from different places around the world.

France: Jour Des Étrennes. The French New Year is celebrated with a special feast called le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre. Presents and kisses are exchanged. January 6 is the end of holidays. A special cake la galette des rois is cut. The cake contains a fève, a small china character. Whoever finds it becomes king or queen and gets to wear a gold paper crown. And they get to choose a partner.

new_400Germany: When the clock strikes twelve, On Silvester, German New Year’s Eve and feast day of St. Sylvester, people toast to the New Year with a glass of Sekt (German sparkling wine) or champagne. One of German's old New Year’s Eve practices is Bleigießen (Lead Pouring). People would tell fortunes by the shapes made by dropping molten lead into cold water. A heart or ring shape meant a wedding, a ball meant luck will roll your way, a ship symbolized a journey. Dinner for One, 14-minute British stage sketch is an annual German custom that is often watched on NYE. Outside, an explosion of lights can be seen in the sky.

England: Big Ben at the Palace of Westminster chimes thirteen times when the clock's hands strike twelve on New Year’s Eve. It’s only then that the New Year officially begins. The British believe the first visitor of each year should be male and should be the one to bring the gifts. Traditional British gifts are a loaf for the table, a drink for the master, and coal for the fire. For good luck, the guest should enter through the front door and leave through the back. Unwanted or empty-handed guests are not allowed to enter first.

Austria: In Austria, New Year's Eve is called Sylvesterabend, Eve of Saint Sylvester. It’s a tradition to make spiced punch made of cinnamon, sugar, and red wine in honour of the saint. Also, the suckling pig is a symbol of good luck. By firing of mortars called böller, evil spirits are chased away.  New Year’s is greeted with festive decorations (evergreen wreaths), champagne, and fireworks. People usually attend the midnight mass where trumpets can be heard blowing from the church towers during midnight kisses.

Russia: On the last day of the year in Russia, Grandfather Frost, wearing blue instead of Santa's red, comes bearing gifts for the children.

Ecuador: Ecuador sees unique traditions on New Year’s Eve. To represent people and events of the past year, effigies called Años Viejos (Old Years) are created. They often represent leaders or political characters that its creators disagree with. The dummies are made of newspaper, old clothes, straw, and papier-mâché masks. Also, they are often filled with fire crackers. At midnight the effigies are lit on fire: it’s the burning away of the past year and welcoming of the New Year. Another tradition is a ritual performed for health, prosperity, and protection. For example, each person eats twelve grapes before midnight. A wish per grape. 

New Zealand: New Zealand welcomes the New Year with the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere called the Sky Tower. Auckland's sky lights up with fireworks from the top.

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Andres Paolantonio2011-01-14 02:20:30
I hope you have a great 2011 year. Let me invite you to visit my blog with photos and history of Buenos Aires main buildings.


Regards, Andres

Emanuel Paparella2015-12-31 14:53:06
In the beginning there is the end, in the end there is the beginning...

No re-birth is possible without the paradox of the end turning into new longings and new beginnings.


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