Over 30 outrageous New Year’s traditions and superstitions around the world

If 2022 didn’t bring you health, wealth or prosperity, try another New Year’s Eve tradition or superstition from one of the countries below and see if your luck changes in 2023. Happy New Year from Celebrity Myxer!

New Year’s traditions and superstitions around the world


  • Running an empty suitcase around the house or block after midnight to bring good travels in the year to come
  • Throwing a bucket of water out the window to get rid of the old and bring in the new
  • Eat 12 grapes for each month of the coming year ~ If the grape is sweet, this month will be sweet, but if the grape is sour, this month will also be sour
  • Doce Uvas de la Suerte (The 12 Lucky Grapes) If you eat all 12 grapes and make a wish for each grape at 12 seconds sharp midnight, your 12 wishes will come true
  • Red underwear for love/passion, green underwear for wealth, white for hope/peace and yellow for luck


  • On the first shrine visit of the new year, visit a shrine to pay respect and wish a happy, healthy year
  • Otoshidama~ Give children envelopes filled with cash in the belief that the Toshigama (Shinto deities) will protect the children who receive the offering
  • “Hotaru no Hikari” ~ Japanese version of “Auld Lang Syne” which they also play when the shops close at the end of the day and on New Year’s Eve


  • They burn images of celebrities and politicians to ward off evil spirits
  • Money in your hand at midnight will bring you more money in the year to come


  • Eat a steak pie on New Year’s Day
  • New Year’s Eve is called Hogmanay and was the biggest celebration of the year in the hundreds of years that Christmas was forbidden until 1958 when it became an official holiday and could be properly celebrated
  • First-Footing~ The first person to cross the threshold of a house should bring a lucky gift


  • An onion hangs on the front door as a symbol of rebirth
  • Parents tap their children on the head with an onion to wake them up on New Year’s Day
  • Arrange a free seat at the table so that unexpected guests are welcomed


  • Kissing under the mistletoe
  • sending greeting cards
  • A feast of 8 to 15 courses called le Réveillion de Saint-Sylvestre


  • Jump off a chair to jump into the new year
  • Plates of gold in glass on the doors of family and friends to ward off misfortune


  • Banging bread against the wall to ward off bad luck and evil spirits
  • For good luck, leave a friend’s house through a different door than you entered


  • Circles represent money and the more circles you have in and on your house, the richer you will be in the year to come
  • wearing polka dots
  • Eat round fruits for wealth

South Africa

  • Throw furniture and old appliances out of windows (out old, in new)
  • Lantern Processions

United States

  • Drop a New Year’s Eve ball or other item to mark the passage of time
  • Shoot a gun, fireworks and noisemakers to ward off evil spirits and start the new year with a bang
  • Eat peas for pennies, veggies for dollars, and cornbread for gold
  • Make New Year’s resolutions to start the new year off right
  • Midnight kiss to strengthen your relationship and bring love into the new year
  • Singing “Auld Lang Syne”~ 3 1929 On a New Year’s Eve radio show from the Roosevelt Hotel, Guy Lombardo instructed the band to play “Auld Lang Syne” and it has become a New Year’s Eve tradition ever since

Have any of these traditions and superstitions surprised you? Is there a specific one you wanted to try this year? What are some of your New Year’s traditions? Are there any superstitions I’ve forgotten? Leave me a comment below and let’s discuss New Year’s traditions and superstitions. Make sure to leave us your email so you can rest easy knowing you’ll never miss one Celebrity Myxer Article.

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