chile Eating a spoonful of lentils as the clock strikes midnight for a successful New Year.
photography by HUFFINGTON POST
the netherlands From Christmas tree bonfires to street-side fireworks, the Dutch look to fires to get rid of the old and to welcome in the new.
photography by PINTEREST
estonia Eating seven meals on New Year's Day for a plentiful year filled with strength.
photography by SERVVED
cuba Emptying a bucket of water out of the window, to get rid of all the unfortunate experiences of the previous year.
photography by LATIN TIMES
switzerland Dropping ice cream on the ground to welcome an abundance of good fortune in the New Year.
photography by FLOATING KITCHEN
japan Buddhist temples around the country ring bells 108 times, symbolizing the cleansing of a soul.
photography by TIMELESSMAUNAKEA.COM
russia Writing a wish on a piece of paper and burning it to ashes. The ashes are then poured into a glass of champagne and consumed.
photography by ANTHROPOLOGIE
brazil Making a wish and throwing flowers (by the boatload!) into a body of water.
germany Eating sauerkraut to bring in a year of blessings and wealth.
photography by WWW.YOUNGANDRAW.COM
poland Smudging windows and doorknobs with tar, to drive out bad spirits from the home.
photography by BLOGLOVIN
ireland Banging loaves of bread against a wall to ward off bad spirits and invite in good luck.
photography by KITCHME
usa - the south Eating black-eyed-peas for a year of prosperity.
photography by SERIOUS EATS