New Year Traditions

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@LadyDuck (118231)
Switzerland
December 30, 2015 6:34am CST
Tomorrow is the last day of the year 2015, I want to share with you some European New Year traditions. Switzerland it is considered good luck to see a chimney sweep the first day of the year. An unusual tradition, consists in dropping a spoon of cream on the floor, this brings a year of overflowing abundance. Italy in the South, people throw all dishes from the windows, to symbolize that New Year means New Life. In the North, there is the same "first footing" tradition as Great Britain. The first male visitor to enter a house, after midnight, brings good luck. Germany and Austria There is the "Lead pouring" tradition. People, melt a small amount of lead in a tablespoon, then they pour the melted lead into a bowl of water. The figure that shows up in the water, is used to predict the coming year, more or less like people do with the tea leaves. Do you have special traditions to share with us?
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@Asylum (46795)
• Manchester, England
30 Dec 15
The only one that springs to mind is knocking on the door after midnight with a piece of coal and a loaf of bread. This signifies that the household will have warmth and food during the coming year. It was extremely popular when I was young, but rarely seen today. My father always went outside before midnight and knocked on the door shortly after midnight.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
I have never heard this one. We still use to eat lentils the first day of the year, because they are round and are supposed to bring money.
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@Asylum (46795)
• Manchester, England
30 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Maybe you should have eaten melons in the hope of them bringing big money.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
@Asylum There are no melons in winter!
@topffer (29891)
• France
30 Dec 15
Kissing everybody on the cheek under a branch of mistletoe at midnight. Funny if you celebrate the New Year in a restaurant.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
I know that the kissing continues for several days in January, at least this was the habit in the South. I remember I tried not to go out the first week of January.
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@topffer (29891)
• France
30 Dec 15
@LadyDuck The kissing continues during all the month of January, but the branch of mistletoe is only the 31 at midnight.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
@topffer You are right, now I remember that it was all the month of January.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
30 Dec 15
Wearing red underwear was supposed to bring good luck. I have stopped wearing it as I am happy with my luck so far
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@alberello75 (12944)
• Genova, Italy
30 Dec 15
In fact, dear @mysdianait We've known for a lifetime, but I have not been able to see your looks. You now can see me everywhere, I did not create the problem to others. take care
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
30 Dec 15
@alberello75 It's the chocolates, not the box, that counts
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• United States
30 Dec 15
Stopped wearing red undies or undies at all?
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• United States
30 Dec 15
I can't think of any traditions for New Year's.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
May be kissing under the mistletoe? I have seen this in the movies.
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• United States
30 Dec 15
@LadyDuck That's Christmas.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
30 Dec 15
@AbbyGreenhill Yes I thoughtit was Christmas too but @topffer thinks it is New Year
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@moffittjc (34360)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Dec 15
Thank you for sharing the New Year's traditions that are celebrated in your part of the world! I don't know if the United States has a unified "traditional" custom, but in the south, where I live, it is good luck to eat black-eyed peas on New Year's. It is a very southern thing, and most of the rest of the U.S. doesn't celebrate that custom. Another one I can think of that might be celebrated here is kissing your loved one at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. Other than that, I think we just party and shoot off lots of fireworks!
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
We used to shoot fireworks in Italy, but from last year they are banned to protect animals. I remember how scared the dog of my niece was, poor thing.
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@moffittjc (34360)
• Gainesville, Florida
1 Jan 16
@LadyDuck Yes, the fireworks definitely scare the animals. But, is it really any different than loud thunder and lightning strikes during storms? Should thunder be banned because it scares the animals? haha
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@moffittjc (34360)
• Gainesville, Florida
1 Jan 16
@LadyDuck You make a good point! But at the way man is destroying this earth, I think animals have a lot more to worry about than fireworks. Such a shame that we can't figure out a way to live in harmony with the earth and its animal inhabitants.
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@DeborahDiane (15858)
• Laguna Woods, California
31 Dec 15
My husband and I enjoy staying home, away from the drunk drivers, and watching the ball drop on New Year's Eve. On New Year's Day, we used to eat black eyed peas on New Year's Day. It was supposed to bring good luck!
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@paigea (21013)
• Canada
31 Dec 15
We like to stay in also. Sometimes we spent it away skiing when I had to take my holidays on school breaks.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
31 Dec 15
We also prefer to stay at home, we do not like the noise and we fear the drunk drivers. I know that in the south eating black eyed peas on New Year's Day is supposed to bring good luck. In my native city we eat lentils, they are round and are supposed to bring money.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
31 Dec 15
@paigea Two of my neighbors have left yesterday to go skiing until the Epiphany, it finally snowed in the north of Switzerland.
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@Platespinner (18067)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
30 Dec 15
I think I would really enjoy throwing all my dishes out of a window. I wouldn't want to clean up the mess, but I think the crashing and smashing might be somewhat cathartic.
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• United States
30 Dec 15
I have to agree with you on that! That's a waste of money and a mess!
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
I am glad we had not this tradition in the North. I know that in the south they love to make noise.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
@AbbyGreenhill They threw very old things and cleaning the mess in the south is not really a problem, because they simply don't clean.
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@salonga (27969)
• Philippines
30 Dec 15
Very interesting! This is my first time to hear of these. Here aside from rounded fruits on the table we have the old tradition of wearing polka dots during New Year to invite good luck.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
I never heard about the polka dots traditions. We wear something new the first day of the year, no matter what, underwear, shoes or clothes.
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@salonga (27969)
• Philippines
30 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Hmmm... I did not know I am unknowingly following that tradition because I always do wear all new every first day not for any reason but to feel and look good.
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@pgntwo (21438)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
30 Dec 15
A spoonful of cream on the floor, and the melted lead one are new to me - interesting!
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
Both are very old traditions, I am not Swiss, so I do not drop the cream on the floor, but I eat lentils to have money.
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@pgntwo (21438)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
30 Dec 15
@LadyDuck If I eat lentils, I get gas... not quite the same as money.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
31 Dec 15
@pgntwo Add coriander powder, all oriental people know what to add to lentils, beans and garbanzo beans to avoid gas.
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@shshiju (9187)
• Cochin, India
30 Dec 15
Enlighten candles on New year Lol
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
We light candles on Christmas night, not on New Year day.
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@shshiju (9187)
• Cochin, India
30 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Candle is the symbol that like New year is filled with full of light and hope.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
@shshiju This is very nice, usually we have fireworks soon after midnight to celebrate the new year with light.
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@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
1 Jan 16
'An unusual tradition, consists in dropping a spoon of cream on the floor, this brings a year of overflowing abundance." My dogs would consider that abundance awesome, they always love noms from the sky. Texans shoot fireworks, not sure why. Southerners eat black eyed peas for luck, also no idea why
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
2 Jan 16
I am sure your dogs would appreciate. In Italy we eat lentils, they are considered good luck because they are small and round and symbolize the money (round coins).
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• Centralia, Missouri
2 Jan 16
@LadyDuck lentils are a thing have never learned to love, always remind me of what I would imagine paste to taste like lol
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
2 Jan 16
@Jessicalynnt My Mothers hates lentils, I like them and also my husband.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
30 Dec 15
Nothing from me. I'm not big on such things.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
My grandmother was pretty superstitious about who came into the home first. I do not really care.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
30 Dec 15
@LadyDuck I found a disembowled mouse on the door mat this morning. I think the cats might be trying to start their own tradition.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
@boiboing The cats never stop this tradition, I am glad that the cat of my neighbor brings those little gifts to his owner.
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@suzzy3 (8400)
31 Dec 15
Not really. In Scotland they take it more seriously.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
1 Jan 16
I have the feelings that we are losing our traditions, the youngsters do not care at all.
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@suzzy3 (8400)
1 Jan 16
@LadyDuck It is a shame but we are just not big on New Year celebrations. I stay up till midnight and toast the New Year in but that is it.
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@alberello75 (12944)
• Genova, Italy
30 Dec 15
In Genova, perhaps there is the ritual of eating "cannelloni broth". Other uses of my country, I do not know.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
I did not know that you eat cannelloni broth as a tradition. In Milan we eat lentils, they are round and symbolize the money.
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@alberello75 (12944)
• Genova, Italy
30 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Cannelloni broth: classic Christmas tradition in the city of Genova
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@JudyEv (96559)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jan 16
I don't really know any traditions but regarding the chimney-sweep, I don't think I've ever seen one in Australia.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
3 Jan 16
They are around during all the winter here.
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@Shellyann36 (8454)
• United States
3 Jan 16
We often celebrate with fireworks and sparklers. The kiss under the mistletoe at midnight is an older one that I don't see anyone do anymore. On New Year's Day we have a traditional southern meal of black eyed peas, collards/greens, cornbread and some type of pork, normally fatback and pork chops here at our house.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
3 Jan 16
The fireworks have been banned in our country because they scared the animals, they are dangerous for the forests and they also pollute too much. We traditionally eat lentils on New Year's day, with cotechino, that is a sort of salami that must be cooked.
@marlina (60679)
• Canada
1 Jan 16
Happy New Year to you Anna, all the best for this new year. Can't think of any particular tradition right now.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
1 Jan 16
Happy New Year to you, I hope that this is going to be a wonderful year.
• United States
31 Dec 15
Here in Pennsylvania at least the part where I live we eat pork and sauerkraut on new years and if you don't eat pork you put hot dogs in instead of pork
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
31 Dec 15
Pork is also a lucky symbol here in Switzerland, as you can see from the picture. If you do not eat pork, you put a marzipan pork on the table.
@valmnz (12573)
• New Zealand
31 Dec 15
I'm not sure we have any specific New Year traditions here in NZ Anna. But just dropping by to say Happy New Year to you.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
31 Dec 15
I am so happy to see you around Val. Happy New Year to you and to your family. You are among the first to celebrate.
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• United States
30 Dec 15
Can offer any traditions that I'm familiar with but I did enjoy reading yours. Happy New Year!
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
31 Dec 15
Happy New Year to you, I wish you a wonderful 2016.