10 Weird New Year Traditions All Over The World


5. Burning Scarecrow Dummy – Ecuador

Burning Scarecrows
Burning Scarecrows on New Year Eve
Ecuador has a unique custom of making scarecrows and burning them at midnight. They dress up and fill the scarecrows with newspapers and pieces of wood. As mid night approaches, everyone gathers outside their home and each family burns their scarecrow. The tradition says that this destroys all the bad things that took place in the past 12 months. The scarecrow also scares bad luck. This fills their New Year with luck and happiness.


4. “Dinner for One” – Germany

Dinner for One, Germany
Dinner for One, Germany
Imagine you are made to watch the same programme or show every year on New Years eve. Same dialogues, same script and nothing new. Is this fun or torture? In Germany this weird practice is carried by the Germans since 1972. Every single year, on midnight Germans watch the British show “Dinner for One.” The origin of the tradition is unknown, but it is so popular that even the punch line “same procedure every year” now is a catch phrase in Germany. The Germans actually enjoy watching this show.


3. New Year Celebrations At The Cemetery – Chile

New Year Celebrations at Cemetery
New Year Celebrations at Cemetery
Talca is a small town in Chile with a very strange, weird and freaky New Year custom. The people of Talca are celebrating the new year with their dead relatives for the past 15 years. The doors of the cemetery are opened for the local public by the Town’s mayor at 11 pm sharp. People are welcomed in the cemetery with light classical music and dim blinking lights making the cemetery are perfect party place. I don’t know if it’s fun or not. For me it just sends chills down my spine. They believe that their loved ones wait for them in the cemetery and they should start the new year with them. The tradition began in 1995, when a local family jumped the cemetery fence to spend New Year’s near their father’s grave. Now over 5,000 people have adopted this tradition.


2. Midnight Kiss Brings Love or Makes Love Life Smooth – America

Midnight Kiss
Midnight Kiss
It’s a tradition in America to share a sweet midnight kiss with your girlfriend or boyfriend or with anyone in case you don’t have one. This will make the coming year incredibly beautiful for you. We believe that this practice brings true love. It washes away the bad memories and fate from the past and marks the beginning of a New Year full of love and life. A famous movie, “In Search of A Midnight Kiss” is themed on this New Year Ritual.


1. Wear Colorful Underwear – Mexico, Brazil and Bolivia

Colorful Underwear on New Year
Residents of Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia and other South American states welcome the New Year by wearing colorful underpants. The usually wear red, yellow or other brightly colored under-wears past midnight to catch good fortune for the coming year. This also helps them find a loving mate. Red means an amorous love life ahead and yellow expresses the desire to gain money and wealth. The wishes of the locals are expressed via their underpants.

4 thoughts on “10 Weird New Year Traditions All Over The World

  1. in the Philippines, i think we got the wearing of polka dots through some chinese beliefs that we have. another weird practice/tradition is that the parents tell their children to jump as high as they could because of the belief that jumping will make you grow taller.

  2. How come so many foreign websites claim that we break dishes? I can’t find any Danish reference to this and think the myth originates from an Australian site that wikipedia quotes. Yes rather Diner for One, or jumping off the chair, or the Queens speech and the city hall square.

  3. It is very good to know about the traditions of different people groups.HAPPY NEW YEAR-2012.

  4. Hmm, Interesting………..

    I never knew these things happened!

    Anyway, Thanks SmashingLists!!!

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