Good Luck and Prosperity for the New Year
We all have our traditions for each holiday out of the year, but who takes the time to think about traditions those on the other side of the world partake in? In America, we kiss and toast our champagne at the stroke of midnight to ring in the New Year, but what other New Year’s Traditions are there? Our interest was undoubtedly stirred, which is why we have gathered a few interesting traditions that are celebrated by our not-so-close neighbors:
- Spain – The Spaniards ring in the New Year by munching on twelve grapes with each of the twelve chimes as the clock hits midnight. This New Year’s Tradition began in 1895 when vine farmers were looking to bring in more customers to get rid of their surplus grapes.
- Belgium – The Belgians take a different approach, with each child writing their parents a letter to ring in the New Year.
- Greece – To symbolize rebirth in the New Year, Greeks will hang an onion, also known as a kremmida on their doors on New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Day, they wake their children by tapping the kremmida on their heads. Before entering their homes on New Year’s Day, they will break a pomegranate on the doorstep, symbolizing good luck and prosperity.
- Denmark – After dinner, people in Denmark indulge on a special treat known as Kransekage, which is a giant cone-shaped cake. On January 1st, they throw dishes at their friends’ doorsteps.
- Macedonia – In Macedonia, they celebrate New Year’s Eve twice. The first celebration takes place on December 31st and the second takes place on January 14th.
Happy New Year from our team to your family! We encourage you to celebrate New Year’s Eve safely and responsibly! Contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency for all of your California insurance needs.