What a year! It has been an intense one; full of new faces, surprises, events, and nice moments… but the last days of 2014 are already flying by quickly and the awaited countdown for 2015 has begun. Apart from reflecting on these last 12 months and getting ourselves in the nostalgic spirit, we also expect all the best from the upcoming year. That’s the reason why every single country in the world prepares to welcome the new year… in their own way.
The international environment here at STYLIGHT was the trigger to stir up our curiosity, and we raised the question: how do people start off a brand new year in the different countries?
After doing a small survey among our awesome team, we have discovered their New Year’s Eve traditions, the typical food they eat during the dinner, what their favourite drinks to toast are, and their unwritten laws to welcome the new year full of energy and good vibes. Whether they celebrate the long night with family or they hang out with friends, champagne seems to be conqueror of the dinner tables all over the map. When it comes to the appetizing delicatessen that embellish our dishes (and of course, our stomachs!), every country prefers their own favourites, except for UK, where any kind of dish serves as good preparation for the party afterwards.
And of course, when the clock strikes midnight, the cultural ways to greet the 1st January vary much around the globe. You can call it tradition, superstition, or heritage… Some countries opt for a more conservative celebration, like in Germany, where it is not a surprise to find them sit in front of the TV watching the movie “Dinner for One” year by year. In Ukraine or Russia, they also stick to the TV, but to listen to the President’s address. Some other countries are more lively, like Colombia, where after burning a doll that represents the previous year, they go outside to run around their houses with luggage to make sure they travel to next year. And speaking about warm celebrations, in Brazil, where it’s the middle of the summer by this time, they wear white clothes as a symbol of the purity for the year to come. People in UK prove their musical taste and sing the traditional song Auld Lang Syne with their arms crossed and standing in a circle holding onto the person next to them. In Spain they look at the clock (either on TV or out in the street), and as the bell chimes for the first minute of the new year, they eat 12 lucky grapes.
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What are your New Year’s Eve traditions? Well, whatever you do, we do hope you have a brilliant evening! Happy New Year to you!