New Years Traditions from Across the Globe

When you hear the phrase "New Years" you probably think about a host of things, whether its parties, resolutions, or silver glitter, new years is full of many amazing (and laughable) memories. Here at cashmere we love to look at traditions, and especially at the different ways in which we each embody and embrace them. You may have seen our recent post about holiday traditions, specifically our favorite holiday food traditions, and we wanted to carry that same spirit over to this post.New Years Eve Traditions from Across the Globe:  Spain:In Spain a common new years tradition involves eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. The grapes symbolize each of the 12 months of the year and in order to gain 12 months of good luck, participants must eat each of their grapes at each strike of the clock following midnight. We figure this is a win win, both for the food and the luck!Austria and Germany: In some parts of Austria and Germany people use molten lead to tell them what the new year has in store. Similarly to the way that tea leaves are often read on new years, pouring molten lead into cold water leaves people with a shape that they believe represents the year to come. We agree, sometimes you just need a sign!Greece:In Greece luck is often represented in the new year by baking a coin into a cake and then seeing which person selects the slice with the coin. We're sensing a strong food theme here and we like it- cake, money and luck? Who could complain!

American South:

In the South some people eat black eyed peas on new years because they believe that this food contains luck. Some even go so far as to cook the peas in a pot with a lucky penny for added assurance. We've been saving our pennies- so this one is a must!


We hope you enjoyed our look at a few traditions from around the globe, and if you have any unique new years traditions make sure to comment and let us know so that we can make sure to maximize our luck heading into the new year!