New Year Celebrations Around the World

Each culture is as diverse and as different as the races who inhabit the earth. This sometimes means that there are many different ways holidays or events are celebrated in different parts of the world. New years in one part of the globe might just be a little different in another part, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to show you just how different New Year fun can be in foreign shores.
With their invention of fireworks, you know that China is a good place to visit for some of the biggest end-of-the-year pyrotechnic shows available. Aside from the aerial light show, there’s also a bit of a rule where red has to be the dominant color in decorations and clothes. Even the envelopes, filled with money and given to children as allowance, are red.
Want to know your future fortune for the new year? Don’t grab the tea leaves, grab a spoon and some lead instead! Once it’s melted into a liquid form, drop it into a metal container with cold water. The shapes it forms once it hardens again determines certain things in your future, whether it's good or bad luck. Some people use wax and consider it safer than lead.
In Greek culture, it's all about carols and darkness when it comes to counting down to a new year. It’s a common sight to see children singing carols to get some money from family, friends, and neighbors. As for the New Year countdown, the lights are turned off so that people can greet the new cycle with “fresh eyes”.
Fortune and prosperity is a big part of the Filipino new year. Pockets are filled with coins and are said to attract more fortune to you once the year ends and a new one begins. Round foods are also said to bring prosperity, so fruits like oranges, grapes, persimmons, etc. These will often be displayed at the food table.
The zodiac calendar is an important part of Japanese culture, especially to Buddhist practitioners. The animal is often a big part of the new year, with merchandise and calendars often depicting them. Temple visits are also a big deal because the bells will be rung 108 times (to signify 108 recognizable Buddhist sins) and people will also dress up in their best kimonos.
There are so many different cultures and countries across our earth, it would make sense that certain holidays are celebrated in specific ways. But one thing is for certain: No matter where you go, these events are each unique in each country and it can enhance the fun you can have while traveling.