New Year in Sidney

How warm countries welcome the New Year

In Australia, the New Year comes without snow, trees, reindeer and other common attributes of the holiday. The tradition in Australia is to welcome the New Year under the open sky with friends and family.

In Argentina, by tradition, employees of various companies throw out the windows their old calendars, unnecessary documents and forms on the last day of the year.

Residents of the Ivory Coast on New Year remember their ancestors in the festive night. They go through a special rite of purification from the trouble and mistakes of the past year.

In the Burmese, the New Year falls is in hot weather, so it is celebrated with a festival of water. People bathe each other with containers of water, as a wish for happiness in the next year.

New Year Feast

In Brazil, thousands of candles are stuck in the sand before midnight and lit on the ocean beach. Women with long gowns enter the water and throw flowers into the ocean waves for good luck in the next year.

The Bali celebration of the New Year continues ten days. There are special two-meter high columns of painted rice, which are a gift to the gods.

In northern India, people take to the streets, adorned with pink, red and purple flowers. In Central India the buildings are decorated with orange flags, in the western part of the country, in welcoming the New Year, locals ignite small fires on the roofs of houses.

On New Year's morning, after waking, their children receive gifts on a tray to which they are led with their eyes closed.

In Kenya, the New Year is welcomed in water - a lake, river or ocean, people in a boat or just coming to bathe and have fun in the water.

In Colombia, they make puppets, which are a symbol of the old year. They spread them on large sticks and read their wills. Then they are discarded and explode.

Residents of one of the islands of Micronesia change their names each new year, to chase away evil spirits. On the morning of the first of January, families whisper to each other their new names.

In Ecuador, for the New Year is made a straw doll, dressed in old clothes. The doll is placed on a chair in front of the house at midnight, her will is red, in which are listed all the troubles that have occurred in the family for the last year. The will is put in the doll’s clothes, and it burns.

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