The countdown to the New Year has already begun. Share and discovery the best Multi New Years’ traditions in the U.S. and around the world.
Eating black eyed peas and collard greens to ring in the New Year is a tradition for many African-Americans from the Southern United States. The peas are supposed to bring luck and the greens – money and prosperity. This tradition is believed to originate in West Africa where black eyed peas had been cultivated for thousands of years.
12 Grapes in 12 seconds. With 12 seconds left in the New Year, the tradition in Spain is to eat 12 grapes. Each grape represents a month in the New Year. If you can eat them all before the clock strikes midnight, it is believed that you will have good luck in the coming year.
In Japan, eating Toshikoshi soba on New Years Eve is a tradition thought to date back 800 years. It is believed to have started when a Buddhist temple would give soba noddles to poor people on New Years. It has been said that the noodle symbolizes a long and prosperous life and breaking away from the old year. For good luck, the noodle is supposed to be slurped without breaking before chewing.
Iemanjá and Lucky 7. One of the most popular traditions in Brazil is to make an offering to Iemanjá, the goddess of the sea. Iemanjá is an Afro-Brazilian goddess recognized by the Candomblé and Umbanda religions in Brazil. On New Years Eve, people gather on the beach wearing white to throw offerings – flowers typically – into the ocean so that their New Years’ wishes will be granted. Seven is also considered a lucky number and jumping seven waves on NYE or chewing seven pomegranate seeds is thought to bring good luck in the New Year.
Looking for travel and adventure in the New Year? The tradition in Colombia is to take your suitcase out at midnight and run around the block. Also make sure the first step you take in the New Year is with your right foot, so you start the year of right!
Lentils, lentils, lentils. Many cultures feature lentils as part of their New Years’ tradition. Thought to bring prosperity, in Italy, a dish of lentils and sausage is traditional to serve as the final meal before the New Year. Many in Spain eat a lunch of lentils and chorizo on New Years day. Lentils are also a part of the celebration of the Hindu New Year – which usually falls in the Spring – for South Indians, and typically eaten with rice. Brazilians also see lentils as a lucky New Years’ meal. Colombians fill their pockets with lentils on New Years’ Eve to ensure a bountiful New Year.