Danish people save old, broken china all year round to throw at their friends' homes on New Year's. If you find a lot of broken shards on your doorstep, it means you're loved.
In Scotland, a celebration called takes place, which involves jumping into a freezing river, and swinging fireballs over head. There's also a more comfortable tradition known as "First Footing," where revelers bring treats to their neighbors after midnight. It's considered good luck if the first person to enter your home is a strapping, dark-haired man with whiskey to share. This is presumably a nod to the Viking days when it was considered the opposite of lucky if a tall blonde stranger came to your home wielding a sword.
Animal lovers, skip this slide. Romanians in the Moldova region have an annual festival between Christmas and New Year's where they dance around wearing real bearskins. The dancing is supposed to scare away any bad energy that might follow them into the next year.
Cuba, Colombia (pictured here), and other Latin countries have a midnight tradition of burning dolls stuffed with memories from the year that they'd like to forget.
bring blessings in the coming year. The vegetable supposedly symbolizes growth and rebirth, and is also believed to cast away bad energy.
Yorkshire, England started the custom of shouting "Black rabbits, black rabbits, black rabbits" in the final seconds of the year to . Then, people shout "White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits" as soon as midnight hits to bring on the good vibes.
Residents in the town of Talca ring in the new year by spending the night in a cemetery. Families set up chairs next to the graves of their loved ones to celebrate the holiday by acknowledging how valuable life is.
In Finland, small tin horseshoes are melted down and poured into a bucket of cold water. The shape the metal hardens into acts as your fortune. If it resembles a horse or boat, you will be traveling in the coming year. A ring shape means there will be a wedding. A broken ring symbolizes heartbreak, while a star will bring good fortune.
And in El Salvador, Peru (pictured here), and other South American countries, predictions about the coming year are made based on . On New Year's Eve, a yolk is dropped into a glass of water. The next morning, if the yolk is shaped like a ship, and pack your bags. If you see a tree or bubbles, a baby might be on the way.
It's common to cue up an from 1963 called Dinner For One. The exact reason for the fanfare isn't entirely clear, but the belief is that the line "The same procedure as every year" resonates with people as they welcome the new year.
Here, hiding money around the house is believed to bring good fortune in the coming year.
In the Philippines, folks turn all their lights on as the clock strikes midnight to ensure that the coming year will be bright.
Buddhist temples all over Japan rings their bells 108 times at the stroke of midnight on New Year's. The ringing is a symbolic purging of the 108 sins that are part of Buddhist beliefs. Some temples invite people to come ring the bells for them.
Choosing the right color of underwear on New Year's Eve in Mexico could will bring prosperity. However, wearing black undies is simply bad luck.
Guatemalans hoping for wealth in the new year toss 12 pennies behind their backs into the street when midnight strikes. The pennies represent each calendar month.
Foodies should spend New Year's in Estonia where it's customary to eat a lucky number of seven, nine, or 12 meals throughout the day to ensure strength in the coming year.
Have you done your New Year's shopping yet? The French have a tradition of giving gifts called étrennes, which usually include candy for children and money for service workers.
Banging bread against the wall of your home in Ireland is supposed to bring good luck. It also means that food will be plentiful in the coming year.
One popular Russian New Year's tradition is to write down a wish, burn it, put the ashes in a glass of champagne, and drink up. Participants have to finish their drink before the clock turns 12:01 or else the wish won't come true.
In Poland, New Year's Day is also known as Saint Sylvester's Day. Pope Sylvester I was famous for supposedly from the dragon Leviathan, who, according to legend, was planning to destroy the earth on the first day of the year 1000.
Switzerland's Villars-sur-Ollon holds an annual New Year's Eve bike race that begins at the top of Roc d'Orsay. The event draws cyclists from all around and prize money is awarded to those who make it down the mountain the fastest.
Children in Belgium decorated with ribbons, are read aloud at the stroke of midnightto their parents and godparents on New Year's Eve to wish them good fortune. These notes, often
Brazilians like to take it to the water. There's an annual tradition of jumping over seven waves (considered a lucky number) and making seven wishes for the new year.
Midnight kissing is taken up a notch in Venice, Italy where a NYE kissathon is held in St. Mark's Square. The event attracts around 70,000 people every year.
Reykjavík residents visitset up around the city on New Year's Eve. There are 10 locations (and seven outside of the city) for people to gather to bid adieu to the outgoing year.
The Spanish have been eating 12 lucky grapes in the first 12 seconds of New Year's Day for over a century. The grapes symbolize 12 (hopefully) lucky months ahead. According to legend, Spanish winemakers started this tradition to increase grape sales in winter.
Kaapse Klopse is an annual minstrel festival in Cape Town celebrating the new year that's been happening since the mid-19th century. The celebration starts on December 31st, but the main event occurs on January 2nd.
Hours after the ball has dropped (another iconic US tradition), and the hangovers start to kick in, the New Year's Day Rose Parade kicks off in Pasadena, California. The colorful floral celebration precedes the Rose Bowl college football game. The parade has been an annual tradition since 1890.