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Dec 31, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR AROUND THE WORLD.

THIS IS A RE-POST FROM 2009. TONIGHT WE ARE HAVING SOME FRIENDS OVER FOR A PRIME RIB DINNER AND SOME CELEBRATION. CHANCES OF ME STILL BEING AWAKE AT MIDNIGHT? MAYBE WE SHOULD TAKE BETS.

What are your New Years Eve traditions? My BB guy and I used to get together with our good friends who lived behind us. The 3 of them would get all kinds of seafood such as lobsters, crabs, mussels, scallops, prawns and they would start feasting early in the evening cooking up one dish after another.  I don't eat shellfish but would get a fabulous steak to cook for me along with some other appetizers that were shellfish free.
The good thing about being at our homes was that the kids could be here too and there was only a backyard separating us so the walk home was easy.

The stroke of midnight comes earliest to Tonga in the South Pacific but Auckland, New Zealand which is just west of the International Date Line is the first major city to welcome in the New Year.
This means Lou @ The Quiet Life will probably have the first hangover of 2010.
In Brazil they refer to the New Year (ano novo) by the French word Reveillon. This marks the beginning of summer holidays for them. One custom is to dress in white to bring good luck.
Here in Canada we throw big parties with lots of music, food, beverages and fireworks. In Quebec it is common to go ice fishing through the night. At the home of one of my sisters, where it is much colder than where I live, they have cleared the snow from the lake and they have a big ice rink at the ready for their party-goers and guests. The popular New Years Day Polar Bear Swims are growing every year with a dash into the frigid oceans and lakes. Me? Not on your life.
In Denmark it is called nytarsaften. It is often celebrated with a 3 course meal culminating with a Marzipan ring cake. The clock on Copenhagen City Hall chimes in the New Year and the fireworks and champagne add to the party. The national television station will broadcast Dinner for One.
Ecuador created elaborate effigies which they burn at midnight. These represent people and events that have been a problem to you in the past year. They make them out of straw, newspaper and old clothes. They make paper mache masks for them and stuff them with firecrackers. They also eat 12 grapes each before midnight and they make a wish with each grape. They wear yellow underwear to attract positive energy for the coming year and they walk around the block with a suitcase to bring them the journey of their dreams. These would seem to be very superstitious people.
Mexico  and Venezuela follow some of these same traditions as Ecuador such as the grapes and the luggage and the underwear.
la Saint Sylvestre is celebrated in France with a feast that customarily includes Foie gras and champagne. On le Jour de l'An (New Years Day) they exchange gifts and resolutions and eat heart shaped desserts. This holiday period ends on January 6th. on Epiphany.
Germany calls it Silvester and the celebration in Berlin is attended by over a million people. They have a lot of fireworks and also broadcast Dinner for One. A catchphrase from the show "same procedure as every year" is often repeated.
Goa, India has a party culture and is the filled with tourists from all over the world to celebrate New Years Eve. The Bollywood stars entertain with concerts and large crowds gather along the coastline celebrating more with friends than with family.
Capodanno or Notte di San Silvestro is when people from Italy put on red underwear. Now we can check with Lola @ Aglio, Olio & Peperoncino and see if she has her red undies on. Lentils and a spiced Italian sausage are often served at dinner and the President of the Republic gives a televised greeting.
Toshigami is a New Year's god celebrated in Japan. Tradition has people cleaning their homes in anticipation of his welcome. Buddhist temples ring their bells 108 times at midnight. Each bell represents 108 elements of defilements. The bells are rung to repent.
Turkey finds its homes lit up with glittering lights. They exchange small gifts and have large dinners with family and friends. Many of the municipalities around the country organize fund-raising events for the poor.
To wind up the evening celebrations you will end up in Samoa, also a nation in the South Pacific. They wait 24 hours after the party that started it all off in Tonga even though they are less than 600 miles away because they are on the other side of the International Date Line.
Well whatever you do to say goodbye to 2009 and welcome in 2010 I wish you all the very best for the New Year.

14 comments:

susan said...

Lori-You put a lot of research into this--Think I will celebrate in Ecuador--definitely not Japan (no house cleaning)! Happy new decade!

Keetha Broyles said...

Oh wow - - - you did a lot of research for this post! (Unless you've lived in all these places and I just don't know it!)

Fisherhubby and I have NEVER gone "out" on the big Eve. Instead, we just enjoy a quiet night at home.

I'll be watching 5 Bowl games - - -

Maybe we'll order in something good to eat - - -

I think occasionally we've gotten together with friends to play cards.

We are soooooo exciting your readers will barely be able to contain their envy!

peace said...

this was really cool. i'll be reading more of your stuff, lori. i just keep procastinating. hmm... blog idea!

Cass @ That Old House said...

COOLEST NEW YEAR'S POST EVER. Ever.

What neat info -- and some traditions are great, others not so. House cleaning? Ummm... no.

New Years Eve has meant different things to us -- before Howard I usually was at a party, but he likes a quite NYE so it's either out to dinner with friends then home early-ish, or it's just at home for us.

We have given parties, but now most of our friends are partied-out by NYE, so we all just stay home. Since Junior Hi, when I used to get together with my girlfriends for a pajama party, NYE food has meant M&Ms and potato chps and onion dip. Now I add champagne to that; it's the perfect combination. :-)

Cass

Michelle said...

The Polar Bear Clubs..those people are nuts! One time, here I am watching the news and I see one of my girlfriends jumping in Lake Huron! OMG...and her nipples were hard for days afterwards too.

Tootsie said...

I had no idea there were so many things! This post is fabulous!!! Happy New Year from Alberta Canada...where this year...I will just say GOOD RIDDANCE! to 2009...2010 better be a better year! lol

Eleonora said...

Wow, Lori– what a terrific post, and how generous of you to mention the international blogging community's traditions! it's a wonderful idea, it brings us together even more. And you are the glue.

Thank you, Merci and GRAZIE!!!

Hope you have a fabulous 2010, starting on the 12 bell toll Thursday night!

Ciao sweet friend,
Lola xx

Housewife Savant said...

When we lived in Northern Wsconsin our celebration of the New Year was similar to your Canadian tradition(s).
We were practically in your back yard.
A lot of the Pollacks wore the Ecuadoran yellow undies, but it wasn't on purpose.

Joanne said...

Very interesting Lori - dang girl you some smart lady!! Maybe this year for the first time in the BarCar history we might be awake at midnight - nahhh its just a nasty rumour - us BarCar's like their rack time no matter what day of the year it is.

Chris said...

Wow! Thanks for taking the time to research this & educate us. I think it might be fun to incorporate some of those tradtions here in California. Yellow underwear, great idea! Ice fishing, not so much! *Ü*

Have a wonderful New Year!

Celestial Charms said...

Lori, I love hearing about how other cultures celebrate holidays. My husband is from Mexico, so we do the grape thing, but I must ask him about the underwear! That sounds fun. I was attracted to the Goa, Indian tradition because I love everything Bollywood. And to be near the Ocean for a New Year's countdown would be lovely too. Hope you have a wonderful celebration of your own!
Maureen

Maven said...

I love reading about traditions.

The PB and I over the years have developed one of our own that we look forward to every year. We make a bit pot of ciopinno and fill it to the brim with fresh seafood. Crusty bread, martinis, good champagne, and cheesecake for dessert. We shop for all our goodies in the afternoon and then have a wonderful party for two.

On new years Day our very good friends have a huge party/turkey dinner for 30 + guests and that always signifies the end of the holidays for me.

Happy New Year Lori!!

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Lori - What a very cool post and I especially enjoyed the reminder of Sylvester and 'Dinner for One'. A couple of years ago I purchased the DVD since I grew up with that as part of our New Years tradition and to this day I still laugh through the whole thing.
I wish you a very Happy New Year!
Tam

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

The perfect NYE set up...no drinking and driving, great company.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year, full of excitement, and happy things.

Jen

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