New Year's Eve Traditions From Around The World

Holiday Club is coming!

Holiday Club is extra special this festive season, each day has its very own storyline! On 30th December, the children will become world explorers to discover how various cultures around the world celebrate The New Year. We thought that these traditions were so exciting that we wanted to share them with you.

Book your place now!

Our Top 5 New Year's Traditions From Around The World

 

1.Denmark: Smashing plates

Smashing plates is a big New Year’s Eve tradition in Denmark, it involves smashing plates against your friends’ front doors. According to the tradition, this brings good luck. So the more smashed plates you have on your door, the more luck you’ll get!

2.Ecuador: Scarecrow Burning

In Ecuador, people build scarecrow-like dolls of politicians, pop stars, or other notable figures to set them alight. Burning the año viejo (old year) is meant to destroy all the bad things from the last year and cleanse for the new.

3.Brazil: Offerings to the ocean

This is a tradition that’s quite particular to Rio, due to it being on the coastline of Brazil. Here, it’s common to make offerings to ‘Iemanja‘, the keeper of the waters. Bouquets of flowers and material goods are cast out into the ocean in the hopes that they do not return.

4.Spain: 12 grapes

In Spain and some Latin American countries, one New Year’s tradition is to eat 12 grapes, one for each month of the coming year, to secure prosperity. Sounds easy? Here’s the challenge: you need to eat one grape with each bell strike at midnight.

5.Scotland: First Footing

In Scottish folklore, the “first-foot,” also known as quaaltagh or qualtagh, is the first person crossing the threshold after midnight. A tall, dark-haired male with gifts like coins, coal, bread, salt, and a “wee dram” of whiskey, is thought to bring the best luck for the house. 

Don't forget, you can celebrate these traditions at Holiday Club on the 30th December!

Book your place now!

Top 10 Tips: Best Edible Messy Play Foods for Babies
In support of Baby Week Leeds initiative, here are our Top 10 Baby Best ideas for Edible Messy Play!
Read More
Christmas Decorations
Christmas is fast approaching and many of us have already started putting up our decorations, so why not create your own decorations to add a personal touch to your Christmas?
Read More
Mental Health and 7 Wonders of the Imagination
Its Mental Health Week! The number of children experiencing mental health problems is increasing at an alarming rate, we must support our children and provide them with strong building blocks to overcome mental health. Creativity and engaging in the arts can benefit individual and community health, from spreading public health messages, to supporting wellbeing in isolation. The Greater Manchester i-THRIVE Arts, Culture and Mental Health programme was established to build on the known links betwe
Read More