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The New Year is a unique holiday because it is celebrated with equal enthusiasm all over the globe. While we may kiss at midnight (did you know it’s an encouraging gesture meant to keep cleanse everything that is evil?), there are several different traditions that take place on the last day of the year.
- In Brazil, lentils are known to signify wealth and prosperity so they serve food items made of legumes such as soup and rice.
- Every front door is painted red in China to exemplify happiness and good fortune.
- People in Denmark collect old dishes during the year and throw them at friends’ doors during New Year to symbolize friendship and brotherhood. It’s believed that the one who has the most dishes outside has the most friends.
- In the Netherlands, bonfires are built with Christmas trees on New Year’s Eve to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new.
- In the Philippines, all round items are promising. They consume grapes, wear polka dots and carry coins to attract more fortune in the New Year.
- Residents in Puerto Rico throw buckets out of water out their window and thoroughly clean their homes to clean the odds of the previous year, as well as rid the home of spirits.
- In Spain, people eat 12 grapes at every new hour in the New Year. The custom is believed to bring good luck and happiness in the upcoming 12 months.
We’d like to thank all of our donors for another great year in 2014. We can’t wait to see what this year holds.
The Lions Pride office will be closed the remainder of the week. We wish you all a safe and enjoyable New Year!