25 Strangest New Year’s Traditions From Around The World

When it comes to New Year celebration, people have some of the strangest New Year’s traditions. Some people throw bread, others burn scarecrows, and still others fist fight for good luck. These are the 25 strangest New Year’s traditions from around the world.

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108 Rings (Japan)

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In Japan they ring all of their bells 108 times in alignment with the Buddhist belief that this brings cleanness. It’s also considered good to be smiling going into the New Year as it supposedly brings good luck.


Takanakuy Festival (Peru)

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Every year at the end of December people in this small Peruvian village fist fight to settle their differences. They then start the year off on a clean slate.


Dropping Icecream (Switzerland)

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In Switzerland they celebrate the New Year by dropping ice cream on the floor.


Coin Tossing (Romania)

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In Romania they throw their spare coins into the river to get good luck.


Water Buckets (Puerto Rico)

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In some parts of Puerto Rico they throw pails of water out of their windows to drive away evil spirits.

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