One more year, on the night of December 31 we will all be reunited with family, friends or couples waiting for the clock to hit 12 o'clock. Surely we will have prepared a bowl, glass or plate with our 12 lucky grapes and, when the clock of the Plaza del Sol in Madrid goes on chimes, we will try to make those grapes pass through our throat without dying in the attempt. To the survivors of such a feat, They must wait for us 365 days of love, economic bonanza and great health. Or at least that's what tradition says.
To us, who have been doing this since we have reason, even this superstition seems logical. Of course! To not fail, There are even those who peel the grapes or take away the seeds ... All very professional.
However, when I told this to my Irish friends, they started laughing. And there is no such tradition in Ireland, but not anywhere else in the world. However, the human being is superstitious by nature and, although in other places they don't eat 12 grapes, there are many other end-of-the-year traditions that will make us laugh.
Here I leave you 20 curious New Year's Eve traditions in different countries of the world:
Views of Sodankyla, Lapland, Finland
Finnish friends, as on New Year's Eve are colder than a Bedouin in the north pole, their tradition implies something that raises the room's temperature. What they do is dump molten metal into a bucket of cold water and interpret the fate they will have next year depending on the shape of the resulting object.
And without leaving the climates somewhat harsh in winter, in Siberia people jump into the water of icy lakes - they dig a hole in the frozen surface - carrying logs with them. Yes, I know, there are people who are not very well in the world. And they are very distributed, like the Fat Christmas.
3. South Africa
Elephant in the Kruger
In some parts of South Africa, the way to represent that with the new year a new life also arrives with much better fortune, is throwing a good handful of old furniture through the window. So, if you are going to spend New Year's Eve in South Africa, be careful when walking through cities, because you can drop a washing machine from a fifth floor and then you will not start the year well.