Holiday Club is coming!
Holiday Club is extra special this festive season, each day has its very own storyline! On 30th December, the children will become world explorers to discover how various cultures around the world celebrate The New Year. We thought that these traditions were so exciting that we wanted to share them with you.
Our Top 5 New Year's Traditions From Around The World
1.Denmark: Smashing plates
Smashing plates is a big New Year’s Eve tradition in Denmark, it involves smashing plates against your friends’ front doors. According to the tradition, this brings good luck. So the more smashed plates you have on your door, the more luck you’ll get!
2.Ecuador: Scarecrow Burning
In Ecuador, people build scarecrow-like dolls of politicians, pop stars, or other notable figures to set them alight. Burning the año viejo (old year) is meant to destroy all the bad things from the last year and cleanse for the new.
3.Brazil: Offerings to the ocean
This is a tradition that’s quite particular to Rio, due to it being on the coastline of Brazil. Here, it’s common to make offerings to ‘Iemanja‘, the keeper of the waters. Bouquets of flowers and material goods are cast out into the ocean in the hopes that they do not return.
4.Spain: 12 grapes
In Spain and some Latin American countries, one New Year’s tradition is to eat 12 grapes, one for each month of the coming year, to secure prosperity. Sounds easy? Here’s the challenge: you need to eat one grape with each bell strike at midnight.
5.Scotland: First Footing
In Scottish folklore, the “first-foot,” also known as quaaltagh or qualtagh, is the first person crossing the threshold after midnight. A tall, dark-haired male with gifts like coins, coal, bread, salt, and a “wee dram” of whiskey, is thought to bring the best luck for the house.
Don't forget, you can celebrate these traditions at Holiday Club on the 30th December!