New Year Traditions: Here are some you might not know about
New Year has always been a time to celebrate getting rid of the stuff you'd rather forget from the previous year and looking forward to some good times in the next year. That's why everybody loves New Year parties. But there are loads of different ways to celebrate - have a read of these and then let us know below if you and your family have any special traditions in your house.
Eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve is both a tradition and a superstition in Spain. Rare is the Spaniard who will risk poisoning their fate for the coming year by skipping the grapes, one for each stroke of midnight.
Americans may giddily greet the New Year downing a glass of champagne and grabbing a kiss at the drop of the ball. But the first 12 seconds of the Spaniards’ New Year are somewhat quieter and more intense, as everyone focuses on eating all 12 of the “miraculous grapes” that symbolize 12 lucky months ahead. In bigger cities like Madrid and Barcelona, people gather in main squares to eat their grapes together and pass around bottles of cava.
Now if you like the chimes of Big Ben, you'd love New Year in Japan where the New Year is rung in in style. But forget 12 chimes, in Japan bells are rung 108 times in a Buddhist tradition that is supposed to banish your sins. It's also thought to be good luck to be smiling or laughing going into the New Year.
What better way to start someone’s New Year than to send them well wishes throughout New Year Card. You can always extend the greeting to reflect on hoping that their Holidays were joyous and that the New Year continues to bring them Health, Happiness and Prosperity. It’s a choice and a good one! By sending New Year Card, you are relieved of one holiday task but still accomplish the goal of reaching out to others with good wishes and acknowledgement of your appreciation that they are in your life in some way.
So, now that you know what to do, buy a few New Year Card from Unipop and spread the love to those you care the most about. It will surely put a smile on their face! Happy holidays!