New Year’s Eve Traditions Around the Globe

Christmas is over and 2017 is coming to an end. Even though we may have over indulged, we can still squeeze in a final celebration. Traditionally, we gather with friends and family, pop open a bottle or two and wait for Big Ben to strike. Ever wondered how other countries celebrate the start of a new year?


Melting jewellery for New Years

In Finland, they melt old jewellery (over the stove, before it sets into cold water) to predict what the year will bring. If it sets in the shape of a ring or heart, this represents love; while the shape of a boat means that the year will involve travel.

In Ecuador, New Year’s Eve is a chance to banish any negatives from the year. The main celebration involves setting fire to scarecrows filled with paper as well as burning any photographs which hold bad memories.

Denmark have a quirky way of showing their affection to others. Throughout the year, the Danish collect any unused plates. Then on New Year’s Eve, they launch them at their friends and family’s doors! If ever you’re in Denmark, don’t be surprised if the streets are filled with smashed china.

12 grapes to be eaten at midnightFor those of you who prefer a food and drink based tradition, in Spain their celebration is grape focused. At midnight, Spaniard’s eat 12 grapes within 12 seconds to represent 12 lucky months ahead. Compared to the UK’s midnight celebration of cheering and chanting, these 12 seconds are intensely silent as the focus is on the upcoming year.


How ever you’re celebrating, we hope you have a fabulous New Years Eve and we look forward to hearing from you in 2018. Cheers!