Denmark redefines the idea of a unique New Year celebration where they simply smash plates. Yes, you read that right. While most countries host New Year parties to spend quality time with friends and family, in Denmark you are required to pick up your unwanted crockery and smash them against the front doors of your friend’s door. Your popularity will reflect on the heap on your doorstep.
Well, it’s celebration in Russia, what do you expect? During the days of the communist occupation, Russia saw a dearth of celebrations. This gave rise to massive New Year celebratory traditions that include one particularly interesting one. The tradition requires you to write your New Year’s wish on a piece of paper and then set it alight. You then need to drop the remains into your champagne glass, and of course, drink it before the clock goes past 12.
Get your New Year’s health resolutions off to a good start, thanks to Spain’s tradition of eating 12 grapes, one for each stroke of midnight. It’s harder than it sounds (people even practice for it), but if you’re successful, tradition says you’ll have a year of prosperity. The place to do it is in the Puerta del Sol in Madrid for Nochevieja (or New Year’s Eve). Join the crowds, who will have 12 grapes in one hand and a glass of cava in the other. Stick around as it turns into a big party or head out to dance until the early hours of the morning at one of the city’s clubs.