Welcome to the very last post of 2014…
While it’s probably too late to craft some New Year’s Eve decor , it’s not too late to sit down for a while and read about fun traditions other people all around the world have for today! But then again I also found some smaller crafts and ideas which you may want to do in the next few hours to keep ypurself buy and not get bored while waiting that the countdown passes… So instead of linking some awesome tutorials for DIYs as I ususally do for you, this time I collected posts from everywhere in the world wide web, not only blogs, to bring you all kind of different traditions for New Year’s Eve, from around the world!
If you have some grapes at home you are already prepared for this Spanish tradition of 12 grapes! You have to eat them all within the first minute of the new year. You’re on?
This next tradition will probably need a bit more preparation, but you can write it on your list for next year. I know, I will, because my mum (who’s half-Dutch) is always talking about these Dutch Oliebollen and I’ve never had them until now! (And mum? Why do we never had some, if you obviously like them so much?!)
Do you like old black and white movies? And do you like sketches? If you answered both questions with yes, you would totally enjoy a German New Year’s Eve, because we’re always watching Dinner For One – just as last year, just as every year!
Another tradition here in Germany are pigs (and other lucky charms) made from marzipan. Find a tutorial here! (You haven’t really thought I would write a round-up that wouldn’t include at least one DIY, or have you? ;))
Random Question: Are you hungry yet? If yes, you should maybe not click the next link as you will find 10 New Year’s Food Traditions from around the World…
The Scottish New Year’s Eve, called Hogmanay, comes with a lot of different traditions. One of them, which is a really old tradition, is the first footer:
After the stroke of midnight, neighbors visit each other and the first person to enter a house in the New Year, the first foot, could bring luck for the New Year. It’s tradition to bring a combination of items including the likes of possibly a coin, bread, salt, coal and a libation (whiskey…obviously). This assortment of goodies is to represent (in order) financial prosperity, food, flavor, warmth and good cheer.The visitors will get a whiskey in exchange (of course…).
Something that made it’s journey across the world are definitely Fortune Cookies. Originally made by Japanese, then at first in San Fransisco outside of Asia, they are now known as Chinese – and are eaten around the world. I know them mostly from Chinese/Asian restaurants and from New Year’s Eve. If you’re not sold on the idea to bake them yourself (like I), there’s also the option to make DIY Paper Fortune Cookies:
Please excuse the indiscretion, but are you already fully dressed yet? If not, you may want to choose the color of your underwear according to your wish for 2015:
(This is a tradition mainly in Middle and South America, but it cannot not help to wear some colored underwear, right?)
I will now leave you alone so you can choose your undies and can get fully dressed… ;)