10 Great New Year’s Traditions
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It’s about that time to pack up 2021 and forge ahead into 2022. Not feeling up to attending or hosting a New Year’s Eve party? There are plenty of New Year’s traditions to celebrate and ring in the new year without leaving the comfort of your couch or recliner. Nothing wrong with staying home and binge watching moving and football games. Watching the New Year’s Eve specials on TV while waiting for the ball drop in Time’s Square is another great option.

You may decide to incorporate a new tradition as you kick off the new year. There are some rather strange, yet unique, traditions from other parts of the world that we have included in our list below.

Be sure you have plenty of snacks on hand and raise a glass at midnight with one of these champagne cocktails.  Let’s kickoff 2022 with a bang!

1. Time’s Square Ball Drop

A tradition since the early 1900s, although the crystal ball made its debut in 1907. Since then, this has been a staple of New Year’s Eve celebrations, with hundreds of thousands of people flocking the streets, and millions watching from home. Times Square NYE 2022 will safely invite revelers back to watch the Ball Drop in person, with proof of full vaccination and valid photo identification.

2. Light Sparklers

Fireworks have been a New Year’s Eve tradition embraced around the world for a long time. Australia, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil, and many other countries ring in the new year with an elaborate fireworks display. Setting off sparklers is way to welcome 2022 with a crackle of light since most people can’t set off fireworks at home.

3. Midnight Kiss & Sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’

Ever wonder how the midnight kiss tradition originated? Some historians believe it traces back to ancient Rome’s Saturnalia celebration, a raucous good time full of dancing, alcohol, and kissing galore. During Hogmanay, the Scottish new year celebration, it is traditional to give a kiss to everyone in the room, to connect friends and strangers. Plus, it makes the single people feel a bit better.

Auld Lang Syne’ is a Scottish tune featuring words written by poet Robert Burns in 1788. Today, it’s one of the most recognizable songs around the world—even if many people don’t know the lyrics!

4. Make a Toast & Some Noise

Any special occasion is an appropriate time to clink glasses with those near and dear, so ringing in the New Year is no exception. The act of toasting feels natural: You lift your arms in affirmation and drink in honor of an occasion or a loved one. The practice of toasting dates to the ancient world when people would often raise their glass to someone’s good health.

It’s not a New Year’s Eve celebration without noisemakers. Before noisemakers were a thing, people made their own joyful ruckus by banging pots and pans at the stroke of midnight. This tradition was once thought of as a way to drive away evil spirits.

5. Green Grapes and Red Underwear

Consider perking your New Year’s Eve celebration with these traditions from Spain. Eating 12 green grapes at the stroke of midnight. With each chime of the clock, you must pop another grape in your mouth—which is no easy no feat! Each grape symbolizes a month, and successfully eating all 12 promises a lucky year ahead. If scarfing grapes at midnight isn’t strange enough, the tradition says you must do so while wearing red underwear.

6. A Polar Bear Plunge

All around the world, people will be kicking off 2022 by running into freezing cold lakes and oceans. The tradition was started in Vancouver, Canada in 1920 by a group of swimmers who called themselves the Polar Bear Club. In the U.S., these events are usually held to raise money for charity.

7. Make a List of Resolutions

Believe it or not, New Year’s resolutions are said to have been around since ancient Babylonian times. So, when writing out this year’s goals, remember that for approximately 4,000 years, people have been working toward achieving their resolutions. Or not.

8. Take a Leap & Smash Some Plates

Have you ever seen someone standing on a chair at a New Year’s Eve celebration? Chances are, they’re celebrating with a particular Danish tradition in mind where you literally leap into the new year at midnight for good luck.

Looking to get scale back on your dishes? There’s no time like New Year’s Eve. Another tradition in Denmark is to throw old plates and glasses against the doors of your loved ones to banish bad spirits. So, if you find a heap of broken pieces on your doorstep, it’s a sign of being loved and cared for by many people!

9.Hanging Onions Drinking Ashes

in Greece, onions hung on the front door symbolizes rebirth and promotes growth throughout the new year. On New Year’s Day, parents wake their children by tapping them on the head with the onion to pave the way for happiness prosperity and new growth.

In the Russian culture, it is New Year’s Eve tradition for folks to write their wishes and dreams down on a piece of paper, then burn them with a candle. Ashes are carefully added to a glass of champagne and drink it at a minute past midnight.

10. Hoppin’ John Anyone?

In the Southern United States, Hoppin’ John is a traditional New Year’s dish. This simple, delicious dish of peas, pork and rice has been around since the 1800s. The meal is usually accompanied by collard greens and corn bread. Peas are symbolic of coins, collard greens represent cash, and corn bread represents gold. For those that partake in this classic dish, it is believed to bring a prosperous year filled with luck.


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