Weird and Strange New Year Celebration

New Year’s Day is the most anticipated feast all over the world, and celebrated in different customary traditions, culture and practice by different countries. In East Asia, Mainland China and Taiwan, they believe in Feng Shui and Chinese Zodiac signs, and this practice are commonly believe to happen after the New Year’s Eve celebration. And believe that the Chinese Animal sign of next year will reflect the economy, luck of every business and individuals. Weird beliefs sometimes are strange, but sometimes this beliefs happen, and the practice of this traditions, will be pass trough, to the next generation.

1) New Year’s Tradition, China

Dragon Dance Festivals (

Spring Lunar Festival (

Offerings for Ancestors (

Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year or Spring Festivals, is the most important and awaited Chinese Holidays and traditions, and it is based on the Lunar-solar Chinese calendar, that’s why it is commonly called “Lunar New Year”. The first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar (Chinese Pin yin: Zheng Yue), and it ends on the 15th day, the Lantern Festival. Chu Xi or New Year’s Eve means ‘Year-pass-Eve’. Kong Hee Fat Choi a New Year’s Greetings on Chinese Lunar New Year.

Ang Pao(Chinese Red Envelopes (Wilkipedia)

Hong Bao in Mandarin, Ang Pao in Min Nan, Taiwanese Hokkien, Lai See in Cantonese, Sae Bae Don in Korean and Li Xi in Vietnamese, (Red Chinese envelope or Red Packet), a monetary gift given during holidays, special occasions and the major Chinese Festival, the Lunar New Year.

Chinese Zodiac Animal Signs (Wilkipedia)

Sheng Xiao or the Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme that relates yearly to an animal sign that ascribed to an individual, business and homes, according to the 12 year cycle and represents 12 different types of personalities. The 12 animal signs are Rat/Mouse, Ox/Buffalo, Tiger, Hare/Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep/goat/ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig/ Boar.

Feng Shui Compass (Wilkipedia)

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese System of relating to beauty rather than any consideration used by laws of Astronomy (Heaven) and Geography (Earth), to help improve life by receiving positive Qi (pronounced as Chi). The Qi is an active form of principle of any living things. Feng Shui of today is practiced not only by Chinese, but also by the westerners, used in architectural, interior designs, buildings, offices, homes, or moving the furniture around the offices and home purposes.

Bagua or Pa Kua (Wilkipedia)

Chinese beliefs that when you hang “Bagua” or PA Kua on your front doors, the Chi energy enters your house and prevent your home from evil spirits and bad luck. Bagua or Pa Kua have 8 symbols used in Taoist cosmology representing fundamental principles of reality, of 8 concepts, and the New Year will be more prosperous and lucky year.

2) New Year in Vietnam (Tet Nguyen Dan or simply Tet)

Tet Nien Offering, Vietnam (Wilkipedia)

Tet display in Saigon, Vietnam (Wilkipedia)

Tet Nguyen Dan, or much popular in shortened term Tet,is the a major festival in Vietnam, and marking the arrival of Lunar calendar, a Lunistar calendar. The Vietnamese New Year occasion is for the pilgrimage and family reunions, like visiting relatives, temples, and to forget the trouble from the past year with the hope of a better and good luck coming year. “Hoi xuan” (Spring Festival) or Tet is celebrated on the first day of Spring.”Tat Nien” (before New Year’s Eve), Giao Thura (New Year’s Eve), and Tan Nien (New Year’s Day),doing the preparation before New Year’s Day until after New Year festival.

Banh Tet, Vietnam Traditional New Year’s Dish (

Banh Tet, a traditional dish in Vietnam served on New Year’s day. Banh Tet, is made of sticky rice cakes, and pickled scallion heads.

3) Lo Shang, Malaysia (Chinese Lunar New Year)

Lo Shang, Tossing The Yue Shang

The highest tosser of Yue Shang traditional New Year’s dish in Malaysia, a higher and better fortune for the coming year. The Lo Shang, means the tossing of the “Yue Shang” dish, prepared with few Chinese ingredients, representing 7 colors of the rainbow, pickled ginger, crackers, shredded carrot, pomelo flesh, jelly hish, ground peanuts, sesame seed and raw fish as sashimi.

Pomelos or Loke Yau, Malaysia (

Pomelo or Loke Yau, a popular gifts of the Cantonese, as the word “yau”, sounds like the Cantonese word for abundance.

4) Seollal, Korean New Year

Sebae, Ritual Bow (

Sebae, a traditional bow observed during Seollal and other special holidays. Korean children wish every parents and elderly with a Happy New year by one traditional bow (rites with repeated bow more than one bow, are usually respect for the dead), and the words “Saehae bok manhi badeuseyo” (Hangul) which translate to please receive many blessings in the New Year”.

Tteokguk, Traditional Korean Dish for Seollal (

Korean New Year (Seollal) (

“Deokdam” is a word of wisdom, greetings by Korean parents during Seollal (New Year’s Day), and giving new year’s money to the children in the form of crisp money. Some parents, instead giving out crisp money, they gave their children fruits and “ddeok”(rice cakes). Most of the Koreans celebrate “Seollal” in their provinces in the East coast of Gangneung and Donghae in Gangwon, to meet the ‘first rays of the New Year’s sun’.

5) New Year’s Day, Japan (Osechi-iyon or Osechi)

Kadomatsu, Traditional New Year’s Decoration (Wilkipedia)

Osechi Traditional Japanese New Year Meal

Osechi Traditional Japanese New Year Meal








Japanese dance New Year Eve

Japanese dance New Year Eve








Happy New year (akemashite omedeto gozaimasu),

6)  Mongolian Weird and Strange New Year

Mongolian New Year or Tsagaan Sar (White Month or White Moon)lunisolar

Mongolian New Year or Tsagaan Sar (White Month or White Moon)lunisolar









Mongolian New Year { Tsagaan Sar }

Mongolian New Year { Tsagaan Sar }








The Tsagaan Sar, or he lunar New Year of Mongolia is celebrated around the month of February, that depends on the Mongolian lunar calendar, and oftentimes coincides with other lunar New Year celebrations, like the Chinese. “Bituun” which means, ‘to close down’, is the day before New Year, where on the eve there is a celebration called “Bituuleg”, where they prepared big amount of foods, for example, the meat is covered by layer of dough. The “boov” or the ‘ceremonial bread’ is piled in layers in odd numbers. According to Mongolian beliefs, a god named ‘Bituun Baldanlham’, is riding on her mule during this period, and she comes three times so every family place three pieces of ice for the mule to drink, on top of he door of the “ger”, or the balcony of an apartment where people live. On the New Year’s morning, the head of the family goes out and walk to the direction according to the Buddhist astrology book. Then the children honor their parents, relatives according to their seniority, and present them an amount of “white food or pastry” (nowadays they offer other gifts). “Khadag” or white or blue scarves (long piece of cloth worn about the head, neck, or shoulders), are given to the most honored person in the family or community. The New Year celebration in Mongolia last for three days, but for visiting people, they can extend the celebration for seven days or even one month.

7)  Russian Weird New Year Celebration

Russian New Year Tree

Russian New Year Tree










Russian New Year's characters Father Frost and Snow Maiden

Russian New Year’s characters Father Frost and Snow Maiden









dedisneg, New Year in Russia

dedisneg, New Year in Russia








Behind New Year’s Day (Новый год Novy god) celebrated on January 1, and January 2 to 5  are public holidays as well, called New Year holiday (Новогодние каникулы Novogodniye kanikuly). Until 2005, only 1 and 2 January were public holidays and the  Christmas (Рождество Христово Rozhdestvo Khristovo) is observed, on  January 7, as a public holiday according to the Russian Orthodox Church’s  Julian Calendar. In 1991, the public holiday in the Soviet Union was re-established, following the decades of overpower of religion ans Atheism state. December 25, the Christmas Day  is celebrated by  the Roman Catholic in Russia and various Protestant churches but it is not declared as public holidays.

Serbian New Year’s weird Celebration

Koleda or Kolyada Serbian New years dress

Koleda or Kolyada Serbian New Year celebration










The ancient Slavic winter ritual old New Year’s celebration is called the  Kolyada or koleda, and was later incorporated into Christmas. In Croatian  pre-Christian period, “koleda” was a celebration of death and rebirth at the end of December honoring  the sun and god Dazbog,  whose power once more begins to increase in those days. In Croatia, Krijes, meaning bonfire , is another festival honoring the sun, during the summer at the time of his greatest strength, a celebration for good harvest.  In modern Ukraine it is called Koliada,  while in Russia, Czech and Croatia it is called Koleda, Kashubian kòlãda and in Poland it is also called koleda, the meaning has shifted from Christmas itself to denoting the tradition of strolling, singing, and having fun on the eve of Christmas,  same in the Balkan Slavs. It specifically applies to children and teens who walk house to house greeting people, singing and sifting grain that denotes the best wishes and receiving candy and small money in return. The action is called kolyadovanie and is now applied to similar Old East Slavic celebrations of other old significant holidays, such as Ukaranian Generous Eve, the evening before New Year’s Day, as well as the celebration of the arrival of spring. Similarly in Macedonia and Bulgaria, in the tradition of koleduvane (коледуване) or koledarenje (коледарење) around Christmas, groups of boys visiting houses, singing carols and receiving a gift at parting. The boys are called “Koledari” or in some instances it is called ‘kolezhdani’ who sing kolyadka songs.

8) Scotland Weird New Year’s Celebration or Hogmanay

Hogmanay ,Maybole Pipe Band entertained

Hogmanay ,Maybole Pipe Band entertained











Edinburgh Hogmanay Longship, Scotland

Burning of  Viking longship during Edinburgh’s  annual Hogmanay celebrations (though Edinburgh has no historical connection with the Norse invaders).

The Scots word,  Hogmanay  for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the  celebration of the Gregorian calendar New Year  in the Scottish manner.  However, the celebration starts which lasts through the night until the morning of New Year’s Day of January 1.  In some cases,   January2 is celebrated as New Year’s day, which is a Scottish Bank Holiday.  Handsel Monday is the first Monday of the year, particularly as used to be celebrated in Scotland and northern England. Among the rural population of Scotland, Auld Hansel Monday , is traditionally celebrated on the first Monday after the January 12.

 Iceland New Year’s Celebration

New Year's Eve In Reykjavik Iceland

New Year’s Eve In Reykjavik Iceland








Iceland Christmas and New Year

Iceland Christmas and New Year








Iceland’s biggest New Year’s Eve events are usually in and around the capital,Reykjavik, where  most Icelanders listen to the evening radio broadcast of the mass at Reykjavik’s cathedral, followed by dinner. Nightclubs in the city are very crowded and tend to stay open until at least 5 am. The famous Aramotaskaupio (“The New Year’s comedy”) is a yearly Icelandic television comedy special, that is an important part of the New Year for most. It focuses satirically on the past year, and shows little mercy for its victims, especially politicians, artists, prominent business people and activists. Neighbours then meet at their nearest large bonfire, while watching the midnight fireworks.

9)  Hungary New Year’s Celebration

Budapest, Hungary New year's celebration

Budapest, Hungary New year’s celebration









New Year’s Day Hungarian Soup Recipe (Korhelyleves)

New Year’s Day Hungarian Soup Recipe (Korhelyleves)








In Hungary, the New Year’s eve or Szilveszter, is celebrated with street parties or home parties, gathering at the downtown area in Budapest, where fireworks and firecrackers are lit and popular in Hungary’s New Year celebration. The Hungarian’s traditional New Year’s dishes are frankfurters sausages with horseradish, lentil soup, fish and roasted pig. Hugarian’s belief is that, the animals can speak on New Year’s Eve, and the skin of onions sprinkled with salt could indicate rainy month. Hungarians celebrate Mass on New Year;s Eve and New Year’s Day.


10)  Ireland New Year’s Day Celebration

Karen Tribes in  Ireland - Karen New Year

Karen Tribes in Ireland – Karen New Year








Chinese New Year in Ireland

Chinese New Year in Ireland








New Year’s Eve (Oíche Chinn Bliana, Oíche na Coda Móire, or Oíche Chaille) celebrations in major cities are modest, with most people favouring small parties in the home for family and friends. Pubs and clubs across the country hold events on New Year’s Eve, particularly in larger cities such as Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Derry.

11)  Netherlands Weird New Year Celebration

Hardy Dutch Swimmers Brave Icy North Sea, Netherlands New Year's plungers

Hardy Dutch Swimmers Brave Icy North Sea, Netherlands New Year’s plungers (more than 10,000 naked participants)









Netherlands New Year's plungers

Netherlands New Year’s plungers








 In the Netherlands, the New Year’s Eve (Oud en Nieuw or Oudejaarsavond)  is usually celebrated as a cozy evening with family or friends. The traditional snack foods are oliebollen or oil dumplings and appelflappen ,apple turnovers or appelbeignets (apple slice fritters).  The treditional bishop wine, the ‘Gluhwein’ champagne is drunk at midnight.  Many people light their own fireworks. Towns do not organize a central fireworks display, except for the national fireworks display  seen near the Earasmus Bridge in Rotterdam. Public transport shuts down completely (the only scheduled time during the year) between approximately 8pm and 1am. On television a clock is broadcast several minutes before midnight.

12)  New Year’s Day in Istanbul, Turkey

New Year's celebration in  Istanbul, Turkey

New Year’s celebration in Istanbul, Turkey








Nowruz or New Year in Farsi language

Nowruz or New Year in Farsi language








Istanbul New Year's celebration

Istanbul New Year’s celebration








In Turkey big cities, most people traditionally celebrate the New Year in city squares, from where they can watch fireworks at midnight between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Small-town residents often try to come to bigger cities for the celebrations, just like in Istanbul, the local residents and visitors participate in festivities at Taksim Square. New Year’s Day is a public holiday and is generally a quiet day in Turkey on January 1.  The New Year’s tree, which is identical to Christmas tree in Christian countries, as well as images of Noel Baba (the Turkish name for Santa Claus) are the most common symbols of New Year’s Day in Turkey.

13) Wales New Year Celebration or Calennig

Calennig at Cardiff's Winter Wonderland

Calennig at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland









Wales New Year skewered apples

Wales New Year skewered apples












The Wales New year is known as the  Calennig , which means “New Year celebration/gift,” though literally translates to “the first day of the month,” deriving from Latin, Kalends. The English word “Calendar” also has its root in this word.  The capital of Wales, Cardiff, holds Calennig celebrations in the form of a three day festival to welcome in the New Year. The Calennig Lantern Parade through the city and firework displays are part of the celebrations.  The tradition of giving gifts and money on New Year’s Day, is an ancient custom that survives even in modern-day Wales, though nowadays it is now customary to give bread and cheese. On the New Years morning, people give gifts , with children having skewered apples stuck with raisins and fruit.

14) Brazil New Years Day Celebrations

Brazilians love New Year's eve and New Year's day

Brazilians love New Year’s eve and New Year’s day








Rio de Janeiro, Brazil New Years celebration

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil New Years celebration








15)  Peruvian New Year’s Celebration

Peru, where people burn toys ahead of New Year to keep away bad luck

Peru, where people burn toys ahead of New Year to keep away bad luck









Peruvian New Year's Day

Peruvian New Year’s Day








Eating twelve grapes under the table at midnight, saying the name of each month as they are consumed rapidly. Slipping up or dropping a grape forecasts bad luck for that particular month. A thirteenth grape must be eaten to assure good luck.   Wearing new clothes—typically underwear. This typically goes hand-in-hand with wearing specific colors that represent something you desire in the upcoming year: Yellow for luck and happiness, green for money, red for love, and white for health or fertility.  Dressing up a large doll or effigy (sometimes stuffed with fireworks) with old clothes and burning it on the street. This signifies getting rid of the old, and making a new start.  Placing coins inside their shoes, and then wearing them. This is supposed to get you a raise or more money in the New Year.

16)   Chile New Year’s Day

Torre Entel, Santiago Chile, New Year's Countdown held

Torre Entel, Santiago Chile, New Year’s Countdown held









New Year at Torre Entel, Chile

New Year at Torre Entel, Chile










Torre Entel, Chile, New Year's Fireworks display

Torre Entel, Chile, New Year’s Fireworks display











17) Marrakech, Morocco New Year’s Celebration

Morocco New Years Camel  Desert Tour

Morocco New Years Camel Desert Tour








Marrakech, Morocco New Years celebration

Marrakech, Morocco New Years celebration









18)  India New Year

Indian women dressed in traditional attire at a procession to celebrate 'Gudi Padwa'

Indian women dressed in traditional attire at a procession to celebrate ‘Gudi Padwa’










'Gudi Padwa,' or the Maharashtrian new year, is the Hindu new year

‘Gudi Padwa,’ or the Maharashtrian new year, is the Hindu new year









In Mumbai, India, they celebrate the New Year in a weird and strange celebration, where Indian women are dressed in their traditional colorful dresses for preparation for their “Gudi Padwa” procession or the Maharashtrian New Year. Gudi Padwa is the New year for the Maharashtra India’s State people, which falls on the first day of Chaitra month, according to the Lunar calendar. The Gudi Padwa is celebrated by dancing and singing similar to their Thanksgiving. This day marks the end of harvest and the beginning of new harvest season, which for the agricultural community is the beginning of their New Year.

19) New Year in Indonesia

Indonesia New Years celebration, An 'ogoh-ogoh' is carried through Denpasar on the island of Bali

Indonesia New Years celebration, An ‘ogoh-ogoh’ is carried through Denpasar on the island of Bali












Balinese Hindu new year in Jakarta, Indonesia

Balinese Hindu new year in Jakarta, Indonesia








Ogo -Ogo or Nyepi the Balinese New Year 's Day

Ogo -Ogo or Nyepi the Balinese New Year ‘s Day










The Balinese New Year according to the “Cake Calendar” is the day of silence and inactivity, which means, no traffic allowed on the streets, a 24 hour curfew is maintained, fires must not be lit, so all the cooking shall be done previously before the New Years day. Offerings of purification is being observed in every village the day before the Nyepi or New Year, to casts away all evil spirits in the form of exorcism. The Banjars creates the Nyepi Great Ogo-Ogo for the night parades before the sacred day comes. The Ogo-Ogo are burned after the parade or sometimes the villagers make them a decoration for several weeks.

20) Cambodian New Year’s Celebration

Cambodia New Years celebration offering of foods to the Buddhist  monks

Cambodia New Years celebration offering of foods to the Buddhist monks









Cambodian New Year

Cambodian New Year








Elders cleanse statues of the Buddha with perfumed water.

Elders cleanse statues of the Buddha with perfumed water








Cambodian New Year

Cambodian New Year









Khmer New Year Celebrations  or Cambodian New Year or the Chaul Chnam Thmey (New Year in Khmer-Cambodian language) is celebrated for three days. According to the Gregorian Calendar, it falls on April 13th or 14th . New Year in Cambodia represents the end of the harvesting season.  People of Cambodia follow a tradition to sprinkle holy water on each others faces in the morning, on the chest at noon and on the feet in the evening. These days people also pour colored water on their friends and relatives. Colored water symbolize different colors of life in future. Tradition of throwing powder on each other at the time of New Year is also very famous.  Everyday people visit temples to get blessings from monks and priests.

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