Ringing in the New Year!


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Jack Corun, Reporter

Before we know it, a new year–and this time, a new decade–will arrive! A time for change, a time for resolution among people of all ages and ethnicities; whether that be quitting a bad habit, learning a new skill or hobby, starting a new good habit (such as exercising, traveling, or reading more), we all probably have some changes to our lives that we would like to make.

The beginning of the new year, however, is a time for celebration. In many countries around the world, they each have their own unique way of ringing in the new year. Common New Years traditions in the United States include singing Auld Lang Syne to greet the new year, eating foods such as black eyed peas and cabbage in hopes of bringing good luck. Around the world, countries welcome the new year with unique traditions of their own.

In Spain, it is tradition to eat 12 grapes (one at each stroke of the clock at midnight on New Years Eve). Each grape represents one month of good luck for the coming year. In larger cities such as Barcelona and Madrid, thousands of people gather in main squares to eat their grapes together.

In Greece, it is tradition to hang onions on the doors of homes on the night before the New Year. On New Years Day, parents wake up their children by tapping them on the head with an onion.

In Brazil, and other South and Central American countries including Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela, it is thought to be lucky to wear special underwear on New Years Eve. The most popular colors are red (believed to bring love in the New Year) and yellow (believed to bring money).

In Colombia, residents carry empty suitcases around the block, in hopes of a travel-filled new year.

Residents in Denmark greet the new year by throwing old plates and glasses against the doors of friends and relatives to drive off bad spirits. They also stand on chairs as they jump off of them together, “leaping“ into the new year in hopes of good luck.