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It’s always interesting to learn about the various ways people ring in the new year around the globe. Beginning a new calendar year symbolizes a fresh start for many and thus brings about superstitious traditions to encourage a good upcoming year. Here are a few endearing New Year’s Eve traditions I’ve happened upon:

In the southern US states, black eyed peas and collard greens are cooked to bring good fortune.

In Spain, you can find people popping grapes in their mouths at the stroke of midnight. Each person eats 12 grapes; one grape for each month of the year.

According to an Irish tradition, banging stale bread on the walls will ride your home of bad spirits.

In Japan people ring bells at midnight to do away with their sins from the previous year.

There is a Finnish tradition of fortune telling by analyzing a spontaneously shaped piece of led.

You can find fish being served throughout many countries on this eve. Fish has long been considered a source of good luck.

In Johannesburg, South Africa, throwing furniture out windows has, for some reason, become a tradition.

What are your New Year’s Eve traditions? We hope that whatever you do, your eve is the beginning of a lovely year!

 Happy new Year

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