Bored with the usual New Years' Eve party? Find new ways to celebrate with 10 unusual traditions from around the world...
Eat a grape with every strike of the bell at midnight for prosperity - only then can you say "Happy New Year!".
Throw molten metal into cold water then predict the future from its shape – a heart or ring means a wedding, a ship signifies travel and a pig means plenty of food.
It's ok to have roast pork, wild boar or rabbit stew for dinner on New Year's Day but not lobster or crab as they move backwards (or sideways!) which can lead to setbacks in the coming year.
Wear red underwear for good luck, throw pots, pans and clothes out of the window to let go of the past and eat lentils for money and good fortune.
Walk around the block with an empty suitcase for lots of travel in the New Year and wear yellow underwear for good luck!
Make a large scarecrow-like doll, often in the image of some disliked person or celebrity, and set them on fire at midnight, symbolising riddance of the bad things from the past year.
Wear white to ward off bad spirits and in coastal towns give offerings (usually flowers) to Iemanjá, Godess of the Sea, and jump seven waves for good fortune.
Dress up in the coming years’ zodiac animal, decorate your house with lobsters for longevity and clean the house from top to toe.
Throw old furniture or appliances out of the window (police in Johannesburg have cracked down on this due to the number of pedestrian injuries!).
Celebrate on 13th-15th April (as this is the start of the New Year in Theravada Buddhism) by throwing water on each other to wash away bad luck.
Why not start your own New Year's Eve tradition and experience the turn of the year in a new country? Take a look at our other blogs for more travel inspiration.