Well, we've come to the end of another perfectly good year. Time to put away disappointments of the year and make a fresh start.
When I was child, we'd celebrate New Year's Eve by watching TV all night, and then banging pots and pans together out in the street. Ho-Hum. As I became much older, New Year's Eve was spent at nightclub extravaganzas. Later in life, I discovered the First Night events, and last year, finally, I went to NYC for NYE, to watch the ball drop. Don't ever do that...
I find myself wondering how other cultures around the globe celebrate their New Year's Eve. In a bit of live blogging, here's some eastern countries that have already welcomed 2014!
BOLIVIA: Bring an empty suitcase with you to the town square. Walk the plaza on NYE for good travels.
DENMARK: Jumping off of chairs at midnight is the way Danes jump into the new year.
ECUADOR: Dressing up as a scarecrow is popular for NYE. At midnight, burn a scarecrow in the front yard!
MEXICO: Wearing yellow underwear on New Year's Eve brings good luck. For other places, it's has to be Red.
NEW ZEALAND: Bang pots and pans loudly. Hey, someone else does that! Wards off bad spirits?
PERU: Boxing matches allow residents of the small town of Takanakuy, to settle their disputes, and move on.
PHILLIPINES: All things Round. Wear polka dots, and eat round food. Brings the year full circle?
SPAIN: Eating 12 grapes at midnight, one for each chime of the church bell, brings good fortune.
I can't believe it! I got through an entire blog post without even mentioning swimming pools!
Happy New Year - may 2014 be the best ever!
Thanks for Reading!