18 Goofy Global New Year's Celebrations You Should Try
Warning: simply toasting champagne and kissing a loved one at the stroke of midnight may seem pretty tame after seeing how the rest of the world rings in the new year.
From watching obscure British television, to shattering dishes on your buddy's porch, to burning effigies, there are some incredible traditions out there in honor of Baby New Year.
1. Shattering Plates
In Denmark, celebrants ring in the new year by smashing plates on the doorsteps of loved ones. The tradition goes something like: the person with the most destroyed crockery at their house will be the luckiest.
Coincidentally, January 1 is also National Get Stitches in Your Foot day.
3. The Greek Way
Are you taking notes? This one's complicated...but fun.
In Greece, the first person to enter a home after the strike of midnight sets the tone for the upcoming year, so people like to have innocent, good-natured people like children go through the door first. Easy enough, except they must also walk in with their right foot first.
Oh yeah, and then that person must smash a pomegranate on the floor.
4. Dinner for One
One of the most obscure, yet charming New Year's traditions out there, Germans love watching a brief 20-minute British sketch comedy bit called "Dinner for One."
Filmed in 1963, it has become the most watched TV program in history, though it has never even been shown in America and barely ever in England.
The two-person story involves a 90-year-old woman throwing a birthday party for herself as her increasingly intoxicated butler portrays all the guests. The sketch's catchphrase "Same procedure as last year" is a slogan in Germany.
6. Melting Tin
This Finnish tradition is by far one of the artiest.
Fins melt a horseshoe-shaped piece of tin and quickly throw it in a bucket of cold water. Their fortune for the upcoming year lies in the shape of the new little sculpture.
7. Empty Suitcase
Countries like Columbia and Mexico have a tradition of carrying an empty suitcase around the block on New Year's. Why? It is said to bring adventure in the new year.
An empty suitcase will also draw a lot of attention from TSA agents at the airport, so be sure to put some clothes in it before the adventure begins.
8. Throwing Microwaves from a Window
Even the police aren't sure where this South African tradition comes from, but they have their hands full every December 31, trying to stop partiers from throwing microwaves and other appliances from windows to celebrate the new year.