The Best Ways To Spend New Years
December 30, 2016 (One Comment) by theSharpeUser

Another year ends, and a new year finally begins. Generally people celebrate the coming of the New Year by going out to crowded clubs and parties where you have very little space to dance or even breathe. Bored of the same old celebrations? Try something a little different this year. Many people have different ways of celebrating New Years around the world. Here are a few alternative ideas for celebrating the New Year.

Remembering The Year’s Events

Remember New Years

Why not spend the last moments of 2016 by recalling all that has happened in the past year with all your friends and family? In Mexico, it is common for people to end the year with recalling the year’s past events. It is tradition to write down good and bad events that happened in the past year on pieces of paper. At twelve o’clock, they burn the paper. The Mexicans believe this cleanses and creates more opportunities for the year ahead. This is a good idea if you want to have a quieter night in this New Years Eve. This could be a great chance to gather your loved ones and have an enjoyable and relaxed evening.

Have A Big Evening Meal

An evening meal with family and friends is a great option to celebrate. In Austria, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Cuba it is tradition to have an evening meal with pork being the main dish. A pig symbolises progress, which is why it is ideal to have it at the end of the year. In Bulgaria, it is tradition to have a pig’s head as the centrepiece for the end of the year dinner. If don’t fancy on having a swine’s head for New Years, have a humble roast ham for dinner. Afterwards, you can take apart in even more traditional New Years Eve rituals such as running around with a suitcase. In South America, it is traditional to run around the block with a suitcase if you wish to travel next year. You might want to stick to running around your garden as you might get some funny looks from your neighbours.

Have A Party At Home

Have A Party At Home

People usually got to bars or clubs if they want to dance the night away for New Years. Why not try something a little different? In Brazil, many people have parties on the beach where they traditionally dance samba. It might be a bit cold Ireland to celebrate on the beach but why not organise a party at home? Invite friends and family over for a night of dancing and celebration. A party at home is a great way to avoid the New Year’s traffic and crowds that can often dampen the celebratory spirits. Make a playlist and have provide some nibbles for your guests. In Columbia, it is traditional for people to eat lentils on New Years. Consuming lentils are meant to give good luck and prosperity for the year. They are very easy to cook and healthy too. Lentils go very well in salads and pasta dishes. Why not provide some dishes for your guests with some lentils in it?

Eating Grapes

This might sound a bit weird but this is a common tradition in Spain and Mexico once the clock strikes midnight. On the first twelve seconds of the New Year, twelve grapes are eaten to bring good luck for the next twelve months. Trying to get twelve grapes down in just twelve seconds can create a contest, which is guaranteed to cause laughter among your family and friends. Just make sure that the grapes are seedless to avoid a choking hazard.

So have a think about one of these ways to celebrate, maybe one of them will suit you better than doing it the boozy Irish way. Whichever way you decide, make sure to enjoy the night and close out 2016 out how you’d like to.

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  1. Great post! 12 grapes is a big tradition in Brazil too, had to go out and buy some today so my boyfriend can start the year with some good luck! Love hearing about different traditions from all over the world ☺

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The Best Ways To Spend New Years
December 30, 2016 (One Comment) by theSharpeUser

Another year ends, and a new year finally begins. Generally people celebrate the coming of the New Year by going out to crowded clubs and parties where you have very little space to dance or even breathe. Bored of the same old celebrations? Try something a little different this year. Many people have different ways of celebrating New Years around the world. Here are a few alternative ideas for celebrating the New Year.

Remembering The Year’s Events

Remember New Years

Why not spend the last moments of 2016 by recalling all that has happened in the past year with all your friends and family? In Mexico, it is common for people to end the year with recalling the year’s past events. It is tradition to write down good and bad events that happened in the past year on pieces of paper. At twelve o’clock, they burn the paper. The Mexicans believe this cleanses and creates more opportunities for the year ahead. This is a good idea if you want to have a quieter night in this New Years Eve. This could be a great chance to gather your loved ones and have an enjoyable and relaxed evening.

Have A Big Evening Meal

An evening meal with family and friends is a great option to celebrate. In Austria, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Cuba it is tradition to have an evening meal with pork being the main dish. A pig symbolises progress, which is why it is ideal to have it at the end of the year. In Bulgaria, it is tradition to have a pig’s head as the centrepiece for the end of the year dinner. If don’t fancy on having a swine’s head for New Years, have a humble roast ham for dinner. Afterwards, you can take apart in even more traditional New Years Eve rituals such as running around with a suitcase. In South America, it is traditional to run around the block with a suitcase if you wish to travel next year. You might want to stick to running around your garden as you might get some funny looks from your neighbours.

Have A Party At Home

Have A Party At Home

People usually got to bars or clubs if they want to dance the night away for New Years. Why not try something a little different? In Brazil, many people have parties on the beach where they traditionally dance samba. It might be a bit cold Ireland to celebrate on the beach but why not organise a party at home? Invite friends and family over for a night of dancing and celebration. A party at home is a great way to avoid the New Year’s traffic and crowds that can often dampen the celebratory spirits. Make a playlist and have provide some nibbles for your guests. In Columbia, it is traditional for people to eat lentils on New Years. Consuming lentils are meant to give good luck and prosperity for the year. They are very easy to cook and healthy too. Lentils go very well in salads and pasta dishes. Why not provide some dishes for your guests with some lentils in it?

Eating Grapes

This might sound a bit weird but this is a common tradition in Spain and Mexico once the clock strikes midnight. On the first twelve seconds of the New Year, twelve grapes are eaten to bring good luck for the next twelve months. Trying to get twelve grapes down in just twelve seconds can create a contest, which is guaranteed to cause laughter among your family and friends. Just make sure that the grapes are seedless to avoid a choking hazard.

So have a think about one of these ways to celebrate, maybe one of them will suit you better than doing it the boozy Irish way. Whichever way you decide, make sure to enjoy the night and close out 2016 out how you’d like to.

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  1. Great post! 12 grapes is a big tradition in Brazil too, had to go out and buy some today so my boyfriend can start the year with some good luck! Love hearing about different traditions from all over the world ☺

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