The Clock is The Same, But The Culture is Not!
It's been a tough year! And though 2016 has been an exceptional struggle for the hisotry books, there's still a few ah hah moments to have. Check out some of these interestingly different ways some countries will be ringing in 2017! No matter what your New Years tradition, we hope you have a wonderful New Year! Cheers
Austria – New Year’s Eve is called *Sylvesterabend* which is the Eve of Saint Sylvester. To honor him, they make a punch of cinnamon, sugar, and red wine. Taverns and inns are decorated with evergreen wreaths. Confetti, streamers, and champagne are also part of New Year’s Eve. Evil spirits of the old year are chased away by the firing of mortars called *böller*. Midnight mass is attended and trumpets are blown from church towers at midnight. People exchange kisses. New Year’s Eve begins with the Carnival season called *Fasching* that lasts until Lent. Balls and parties are thrown. On New Year’s morning mass is attended and children sing carols door to door. They pour molten lead into a bucket of water. Soothsayers read the lead shapes, *bleigiessen*, and make predictions.
Britain – the custom of first footing is practiced. The first male visitor to the house after midnight is supposed to bring good luck. They bring a gift like money, bread, or coal to ensure the family, will have plenty of these things all the year. The first person must not be blond, red-haired or women as these people are supposedly bad luck.
Russia – Santa is replaced with Grandfather Frost. He looks much like Santa Claus but arrives on New Year’s Eve with his bag of toys. He wears blue instead of red. Father Frost can punish any evil doer by freezing them. Often kids dance around the tree, tell rhymes to Father Frost then receive their presents. They have large decorated
trees in the centers of the major cities. The most formal New Year’s celebration is a party held at the Kremlin. As many as 50,000 attendance tickets are sold in the weeks before the annual event. The Russian meal on New Year’s is primarily meat and potato dishes.
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