Celebrating New Years Around The World

The season of festivity is here, and the entire world is gearing up to celebrate in their own unique ways. While we’re all accustomed to how New Years is spent in the places we call home, it is fascinating to see how different people and communities commemorate this joyous occasion.

In our travels across the world, we’ve come across many memorable celebrations and would love to give you an insight into what experiences await you in these places! Evershine Holidays welcomes 2018 with a collection of must-see traditions when celebrating New Years around the World:

Scotland’s Flaming Tributes

As homage to their Viking ancestors, Scotland celebrates the New Year with day-long marches through the streets, carrying blazing balls of fire! The fascinating walk draws to an end once the harbour is reached, and wishes for the New Year are made while tossing the flaming tributes into the water.

Ecuador’s Karmic Ceremonies

The people of Ecuador practice a tradition of burning effigies at the year’s end, as a way of ridding themselves of all the bad karma that has accumulated over the year. Ranging from ordinary scarecrows to personal items, items are burnt to free their owners of bad karma in the hopes of a prosperous New Year.

Belgium’s Animal Celebration

In Belgium, the livestock of farmers are of great importance and are wished good luck for the year to come. While the origin of this tradition is unclear, its intent is still admirable as the celebrations are shared by both humans and their animals.

Japan’s 108 Bells

Japan experiences the annual tradition of having the bells of Buddhist temples rung 108 times during New Year’s Eve, representing the 108 sins of mankind, according to Buddhist beliefs. Additionally, the people’s belief that a positive start to the year brings good luck is why every New Year is signalled with warm smiles and the chiming of bells.

South Africa’s Materialism Cleanse

It is not unheard of to begin the New Year by throwing out older possessions to make room for newer ones, but the people of South Africa take this practice quite literally. A walk down the streets of Johannesburg on New Year’s Eve would usually feature streets filled with old or unused household goods, that have been ceremoniously tossed out the window!

Brazil’s White Midnight

New Year’s Eve tradition in Brazil dictates that we must wear a certain colour, usually white, and jump over seven waves in the sea! This is done to please Lamanja, the ‘Mother of Waters’, so that she may bless them with a New Year filled with praise and good fortune.

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