New Year: let’s celebrate!
- He should be a male and should bear gifts such as coal for fire, loaf for table, and drink for the head of the family
- Some people in Spain and South America consider new underwear to bring good fortune
New Year’s Eve is great time to gather your family and friends together and ring in New Year. In every corner of the earth people express their high spirits at this time of the year but everyone has their own peculiar way of welcoming New Year. If you want to make this night memorable steal some interesting New Year’s traditions from different cultures and prepare fabulous New Year decorations.
New Year customs across the globe
Spanish people believe if they manage to pop twelve grapes into their mouth at midnight they will achieve good luck for the next year. Each grape is eaten for each time clock strikes. Savor of twelve grapes determines future for each month of the year. If it is sweet you will have good luck and sour taste is for bad luck.
Some people in Spain and South America consider new underwear to bring good fortune. Its color is also important. Choose red garments to find love of your life, yellow color is for gaining wealth, and white signifies peace. In Italy they believe in wearing very red underwear on New Year’s Eve for achieving good luck.
In England people believe that their fortunes for the coming year are in the hands of their first guest. He should be a male and should bear gifts such as coal for fire, loaf for table, and drink for the head of the family.
Germans consider lead to determine their fates for the forthcoming year. They put molten lead into cold water. It forms certain shape that predicts the future. Round shapes mean good luck, heart shape denotes marriage, ship symbolizes a journey however anchor shape tells that person needs help.
In Estonia they eat seven times to celebrate New Year. People eat up to 12 meals to ensure abundance for the whole year.
Lovely New Year decorations
Shops offer a lot of New Year decor items like garlands, colored snowflakes, stars, wind chimes, colorful balloons of different shapes and sizes. Of course they should be used to dress up your party. But New Year decors that you will make by yourself will leave a lasting impression and make your celebration special.
Have sparkling numbers of forthcoming year for your New Year decor! Print numbers on paper. Take cardboard and trace contours of figures, then cut them out. Place some glue on cut-outs and wrap strips of tinsel curtain around them. Cardboard figures should be completely covered with foil strips. Such numbers are very lightweight and can be hung from ceiling.
Table decorations will add celebratory touch to your dinner and create the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests to take pleasure in New Year celebration. It’s a nice idea to fill basket with fruit that are bright in color and place it on the table. You can make edible flowers out of fondant, or carve carrots, apples, beet, and other vegetables for New Year dinner decorations. Use candles and flowers for beautifying the table.
New Year tree is considered as tree of fortune. There are countries where real fruit along with usual accessories such as lights, bells, ribbons, and stars are hanged from branches. Round fruit are considered to bring good fortune, that’s why they are used to style New Year tree. They are a little bit heavy so artificial fruit may be used as well.