What are your New Year’s traditions like?

It’s that time of year again, it’s time to set up a piñata dressed in men’s clothing and fill it with lit firecrackers. The piñata is set on fire 15 minutes before the clock strikes 12 at midnight.

In Mexico, it’s our way of saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new one. It’s just one of the many traditions we have, along with eating grapes, placing sheep ornaments around the house and wearing red underwear.

The world is filled with different traditions for everything, and if you’re lucky enough to be living abroad, you might enjoy discovering these cultural differences. Here are some fun – and somewhat unusual – traditions from around the world.

  • Get rid of your old furniture: talk about unusual! The South African capital of Johannesburg says goodbye to the old year by throwing old furniture out the window - keeping pedestrians on their toes! This is supposed to bring good luck for the new year. Never did the phrase “out with the old, in with the new” fit more perfectly.

Just like these, thousands of different traditions take place worldwide, all to welcome a new and happy year. Have you come across any funny traditions while living abroad?

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