Interesting facts about New Year Celebrations around the World

The people around the world are very excited to celebrate the New Year. Most of the countries follow the Gregorian calendar. According to this calendar New Year starts from January 1 i.e. after every 365 days.

Here, I am going to share some interesting facts about how New Year is celebrated around the Globe.


India is rich in tradition and is diverse. Every state celebrates the New Year eve in a unique way. People gather in a house and cut a cake and welcome the New Year. Christians go to church to attend the special mass. Hotels arrange parties at New Year eve to attract the youths.


UK celebrates New Year on January 1.

  • People welcome New Year with cheers.
  • Friends and family celebrate it by drinking and feasting together.

  • There is a special event called First Footing. A tall, handsome boy will be the first visitor of a house. He carries a loaf of bread, whisky, coal and salt. The coal is put in fire and burnt. The boy enters through the front door and exists through the back door. This event is believed to bring prosperity to the house.


Americans follow the Gregorian calendar.

  • Wine and food is shared. It is believed to bring good luck.
  • Drinking champagne, cutting cakes and feasting black-eyed beans are other specials.
  • In the evening, people watch games with family and friends.
  • Since 1907, at sharp 12 am a specially designed ball is thrown from the Times Square. This event is known as the Ball Drop.


New Year is known as Yuan Tan in China. They follow the lunar calendar. Therefore New Year falls between mid January and mid February.

  • The New Year celebrations last for 10 to 15 days.
  • They beat drums to drive away the evil.

  • Lion dance is another interesting event.
  • People visit each other and share a red envelope containing money. This sharing is believed to bring good luck.


They follow Gregorian calendar since 1873. Before that they also followed lunar calendar.

  • The people cook special decorative rice cakes called Mochis.
  • People visit temples and pray for the departed and harvest.
  • A special bell is rung 108 times.
  • People hang straw ropes in front of the house to welcome good luck.


The New Year is known as Reveillion in France.

  • Feasting is done to bring prosperity.

  • An interesting event called Le Reveillon Saint-Sylvestre is planned.
  • Families meet and greet each other.
  • Champagne is distributed in parties.


  • The people of Denmark celebrate New Year in a very interesting way.

  • They collect dishes and throw them at the front door of the house. They believe that more the number of plates they break, more friends they will have for that year.
  • Another interesting fact is that they stand on chair and jump at sharp 12 am.


The people of Spain celebrate New Year by eating 12 grapes. They start eating 12 seconds before 12 am. Each grape is for each second. They believe that this will bring them all the good luck.

Sri Lanka

They celebrate New Year in the mid April.

  • They celebrate New Year by cleaning the house, lighting the hearth, doing an herbal bathing, etc.

  • They share dishes to make the family relationships more strong.


  • The people drop molten lead into cold water to see what shape they take. They believe that the shapes represent their future.

  • Each shape is believed to be an important aspect of life. It can be love, prosperity, good luck, etc.
  • Families get together at midnight sharing the meals. They will leave bits of food to bring more fortune.


  • Brazil is rich in beaches. Therefore most people celebrate New Year in the beach.
  • Special parties are organized.
  • People throw special offerings into the sea.
  • Some people celebrate the festival traditionally.

Isn’t it interesting to find how the world celebrates New Year? New Year is a special time for everyone to celebrate though they are from different countries.



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