Take a look at fabulous and wonderfully weird traditions for ringing in the New Year

Now that the Christmas festivities are over, people are getting ready to celebrate the arrival of 2013. While New Year’s Eve is a night of fabulous parties and food-filled activities for some, it is also a night linked to tradition for others. Take a look at some traditions of how people from different parts of the world ring in the New Year.

Carnival and Color

In some areas in South Africa, the arrival of the New Year is celebrated with a burst of color and a carnival atmosphere. People take to the streets wearing colorful costumes as they dance to the beat of the drums.

 

First-Footing

Many areas in Europe still practice the first-footing tradition wherein the first person to enter the house after midnight is a young male to give luck to the household. The young male carries coal, bread, and money into the house to ensure that the household would have enough of these for the entire year.

 

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