New Year's Superstitions Around The World

New Year's Superstitions Around The World

Tips for Luck and Love: From Kissing to Cleaning to Wearing Red Underwear

Holidays have a unique way of bringing people together and uplifting spirits. If only we could celebrate life more often than just once a year. Speaking of celebrations, New Year's Day is a global event marked by fresh starts and festivities. It's fascinating how many cultures hold superstitious beliefs about what actions or behaviors will bring good luck in the upcoming year. Filipino traditions always struck me as the wildest, but I was surprised to learn that other countries have their unique customs. Here is a compilation of 10 New Year's Day superstitions from around the world. Let’s go! 

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New Year's Superstitions Around the World

Here are some Superstitions for New Year's Day around the world. From kissing to cleaning, and even wearing red underwear – these fun traditions just might bring you some extra luck in the upcoming year.

Everything Round

1. In the Philippines, we have a lot of beliefs and superstitions when it comes to celebrating the New Year. Here are some of the most popular ones:

  • Many believe that eating 12-round fruits will bring them good luck for each month of the year. 
  • Some people wear polka dots and carry coins in their pockets to attract wealth. 
  • People light firecrackers on New Year's Day to ward off evil spirits and bring prosperity. 
  • One of my favorite superstitions is eating long noodles for a long life and jumping at midnight.
  • It is believed that jumping twelve times at midnight increases one's height, a practice often observed by children. However, the effectiveness of this ritual is questionable, based on my personal experience. Nevertheless, it's still amusing to try this every year. 

I’m curious if other countries can top our wild New Year's traditions. Let's take a look and find out!

Midnight Kiss

2. In the United States, eating black-eyed peas is believed to bring good fortune, while collard greens represent money. For couples, a midnight kiss is said to bring good luck for the next 12 months. For those who are single, wearing red underwear may bring about the chance to find true love and placing a mistletoe under your pillow could be worth a try.

Lucky 12

3. In Spain, it is believed that consuming 12 grapes at midnight – one for each stroke of the clock – will bring good luck and prosperity for the upcoming year.

White for Good Luck

4. In Brazil, wearing white clothing on New Year's Day is believed to bring peace and good luck.

Shattered Plates

5. In Denmark, as a gesture of affection and good fortune, Danes smash plates on their friend's doors. The more shattered plates you discover on your doorstep, the more beloved you are.

Hanging Onions

6. In Greece, they follow a tradition of hanging onions on their front doors to signify growth and rejuvenation in the upcoming year. They also bake a special cake called "Vasilopita" and insert a coin inside; whoever finds the coin is believed to have good luck for the rest of the year.

Get Rid of Bad Luck

7. In Mexico, it is believed that sweeping the home rids it of negative energy and bad luck from the previous year. Additionally, eating 12 grapes at midnight is a common tradition, similar to that of Spain. While in the Philippines, it is forbidden not to clean anything on New Year's Day, as it is believed to sweep away any good fortune that entered the home on New Year's Eve.

First One In

8. In Scotland, the first person to enter a home in the New Year is called the "first-footer" and is believed to bring good luck. They should bring a gift, such as coal, bread, or whiskey.

Write your Wishes

9. In Russia, people write their wishes for the coming year on a piece of paper, burn it, and put the ashes in a glass of champagne. They then drink the champagne, with the ashes believed to bring good luck and make the wishes come true.

Clean your House

10. In Japan, it is customary to tidy up your living space before the year is over. This practice, known as "Osouji," is deeply ingrained in Japanese culture.

Bonus Tip: New Year's Superstition for Attracting More Travel Opportunities

If you're hoping to travel more in the coming year, you might want to try out. According to popular belief in Central and Latin America, if you did not travel much the previous year, rolling an empty suitcase around your house or outside can attract good travel opportunities. Some people even place their suitcases in the middle of a room for family and friends to walk around with it. 

Greeting the New Year with Humor 

While packing for our upcoming trip to Japan, I stumbled upon this superstition and decided to give it a try. I hurriedly grabbed an empty suitcase from my closet and happily strolled around the house, making sure that I didn't leave anything behind on the floor. Unfortunately, I couldn't tidy up the house just yet – I wanted good luck for my new year! Ahahaa. Who knows, it might just work!

These tra
ditions show the diverse ways in which people around the world celebrate and hope for good luck in the coming year. Whether it's eating grapes, wearing polka dots, or sweeping your home, there are many ways to ring in the New Year and start it off on the right foot.

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Do you want more adventure?
Here is a Compilation of all my thrilling escapades over the past few years. Perhaps it's time to revisit your own bucket list and make some progress towards achieving your goals.

Where am I going next?
For my next adventure, we're thrilled to finally visit one of California's most breathtaking mountains – Mammoth Lake!

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