New Year Traditions: 50 Surprising Ways to Celebrate Around the World


New Year Traditions vary around the world but the spirit of welcoming the New year with joy remains the same.

Many New Year customs that we take for granted actually date from ancient times.

Like Hogmanay, an ancient Scottish celebration of the new year that’s still going on today. When ancient pagan holidays were taken over by Christian traditions in the Middle Ages, going along with this new practice of Christmas was discouraged. So in Scotland, the traditions of celebrating and giving gifts were moved to January 1, and renamed Hogmanay.

From onions hung from the front door, to mass kissing session, eating twelve times and smashin plates on the neighbour’s doorstep, we reveal the world’s weirdest New Year customs. [Source: Pack Send. Original post here.]

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