New Year’s rituals in other countries

New Year’s Eve traditions and formulas for  New Year are as different as the cultures themselves.
Here we share some
In Spain*
The 12 chimes are very traditional and together with each chime a green grape is eaten, making 1 wish for next year for each grape.
In Japan*
At 00:00 on January 1, Japanese temples ring their bells 108 times. The Buddhist tradition assures that in this way the 108 worldly desires that cause suffering are purified.

  • Philippines * New Year’s Eve, if there is something common in this country is to say goodbye to the year dressed in clothes and accessories full of polka dots. Polka dots, due to their circular shape, symbolize wealth, that is why on that night the Filipinos rattle the coins they keep in their pockets to attract prosperity.
    In * Puerto Rico * one of the traditions that are still preserved for the nights of December 31 is to throw buckets of water out the window. In this way, families believe they are free of the problems brought on during the year that is ending.
    In * Russia *, the most peculiar tradition is to write down the wishes for the New Year. But the curious thing about this is that afterwards, that paper must be set on fire and the cured meats are thrown over a glass of champagne. The most daring, drink it at 00.01.
    In * Mexico * it is not strange to find small stalls selling yellow and red underwear on the streets, which are used every day to attract abundance and love for the coming year.
    Lentil beans are believed to attract abundance and good fortune. One option is to have them as soup at dinner or toss up a handful of uncooked lentils, then scoop some up and place in your purse or wallet.

Placing toy sheep behind doors is a Mexican custom that has constantly evolved. Also elephants as a symbol of abundance and prosperity. Every first of January, this peculiar object is placed so that money does not miss the rest of the year.

And finally, another ritual for abundance is to give a very special person 3 USD  bills or coins, along with an orange. In the Chinese language, orange uses the same word as gold: ‘KUM’ and, therefore, by giving oranges and coins we are giving away prosperity and abundance and at the same time we generate that same abundance is reversed in us. By performing this powerful kabbalah you are activating the meaning of the three lots: material, divine and human.

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