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Year end - New year's eve on different cultures.

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2022-12-29 09:23:19


        Countries around the world have different ways of saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new year before they all celebrate the new year with the same countdown and grand fireworks.

        People in Asian countries, particularly on the east coast, such as Korea and Japan, pay attention to the first light of the year. Koreans will pay a visit to the East Sea to catch the first glimpses of the New Year. The Japanese, on the other hand, go to the sea or the mountains to pray for the first light of the year. When the new year arrives in Japan, people flock to temples, the bell will ring 108 times to release the previous year's 108 evils.

On New Year's Day, Koreans believe that washing their hair and laundry will bring them bad luck.

        Many European countries associate New Year's traditions with superstition, for example: Denmark It's indeed common to throw broken bowls at the doors of neighbors, the house with the most battered strikers will be the most fortunate.

        Greece will bake Vasilopita, a dessert with coins hidden inside. The person who got the coin part will have good fortune for the rest of the year.

        The British believe that the first man to arrive after midnight on New Year's Eve brings good luck, especially the Dark, Tall, and Handsome men, who greet the first guests with smiles and wishes for good luck throughout the year.

        Many countries in South America have New Year's traditions that honor ancestors and spirits. For example, Puerto Ricans believe that setting a bucket outside a window or pouring a bucket of water out a house window on New Year's Eve is auspicious and will help drive away demons and evil spirits.

        Locals in Ecuador gather to bring pictures of things they do not want to meet or happen in the new year, which they then burn or make a scarecrow out of newspaper and scrap wood. At midnight, each family burns the scarecrow. The scarecrow is said to represent all of the bad things that happened in the previous year.

        In Thailand, where the majority of people are Buddhists, it is believed that praying over the year-end night, making merit, offering alms to monks, or paying homage to nine temples on the first day of the year will increase life's prosperity and receiving new good things.

        The Academic Resource Center wishes you all a happy and safe New Year and hopes to see you again in 2023.


Story and illustrations: Ratchanok Thongkhaokham