The last day of the year must be one of the best days throughout the year, when people should meet and celebrate the coming of a better, more prosperous year. The means people choose to celebrate the New Year's Eve depend on each country, on traditions and customs.
In some countries, people prefer to go in the capital city and spend the night on the streets. It's quite unusual to see so many people there, drinking champagne, dancing, listening to different bands and wishing each other to have a better year than the previous one.
Then, in Greece for example, some people prefer to spend the New Year's Eve in a more peaceful ambient. They usually visit friends and stay together until the morning. They eat and drink traditional food and drinks, or they can play car
ds. The person who wins at cards it is said to be successful the next year.
An interesting custom we can notice in Hungary, where people drink champagne at midnight and make resolutions. They use to stay until dawn and then eat sausages and drink soup. On New Year's Day, people here eat lentils because it brings good luck, as it is said that lentils represent coins. Instead, it's bad luck to eat chicken.
Not to forget about tradition in Spain, where it is important to have twelve grapes ready and you must listen to the chimes of a church bell. If you aren't near a church, you can listen to it on the radio or TV. When the chimes start, you eat one grape after each one. This brings you luck for the next twelve months.
Moreover, in Scotland people have other traditions of spending this so much expected night. For them, New Year's Eve is the biggest party of the year. People dance in the streets, as there is music everywhere. And there's very good luck if you go to the house of a friend or a neighbour with a piece of bread and a piece of coal. They will have food and warmth for the whole year.
All in all, even if the customs differ from one country to another, the general idea is that everybody wants to spend a special night and hopes that the next year will bring good luck, health and success in all activities.
How do people celebrate the New Year's Eve written by Cristina Nuta for FamousWhy.com
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