In the United Kingdom, New Year's Eve is celebrated with many of the same traditions as in the United States. watching of the Big Ben chimes at midnight.
In Germany, people often exchange gifts and sing traditional songs. This is known as ‘Silvester’ and is considered a time for joy and celebration.
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In Nigeria, a popular custom is to share food with friends and family. This is believed to bring good luck and health in the coming year.
Spain: Eating Grapes For Good Luck
In Spain, locals will eat exactly 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight to honor a tradition that started in the late 19th century
In Brazil for New Year's Eve, it is commonplace for citizens to make offerings to Yemoja, a major water deity who is said to control the seas.
In Turkey, it's considered good luck to sprinkle salt on your doorstep as soon as the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Day
Japan: Ringing Bells
108 Buddhist temples in Japan ring their bells on New Year's Eve. This tradition, known as joyanokane, is meant to dispel the 108 evil desires in each and every person.