Holiday traditions are vividly celebrated, here is a look at some popular traditions around the world.
India- Diwali, Festival of Lights -Hindu New Year (13th day of the month of Asvina either October or November) Hindus fill their houses with oil lamps or candles to celebrate the one banished mythical hero Rama and wife Sita, as well as welcome Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity into their home. This is celebrated to give thanks for the blessings of the past year and shine way for good fortune.
Finland- Fortune telling ritual – New Years. In Finland, tin is melted and then poured into a bucket of snow or ice-water. Once the metal hardens it is held up to the light, the shape casted on the wall is used to tell your future. Does the shape look like a coin? This could mean money in your future.
Poland- Wigilia, Christmas Eve Supper- A meal is prepared which features several types of fish alongside Oplatek. This tradition takes place when the 1st star appears in the evening sky. The dinner host offers their guest a piece of the Oplatek, a think wafer like bread. Then the guest break off pieces to give to one another offering a wish in the process. Oplatek wishes are a chance to settle any misunderstandings that may have accumulated in the past year.
Jamaica- Jonkonu Festival, Christmas Season- In costumes men and women parade through the town, chanting, singing and dancing to the beat of drums. This is to show strength and pride amid adversity.
Ireland- An open door, loaf of bread and a dark-haired man, New Years Eve – The Irish light a candle at the last stroke of midnight and swing open their doors to welcome the New Year. They hope for a dark-haired man to cross the doorway (a good luck omen) The bread symbolizes ample food in the coming year.
Spain- 12 grapes of Noche Vieja, New Years – At the stroke of midnight, Spaniards eat one grape for each toll of the clock. This tradition is celebrated in hopes of attracting luck and riches in the coming year.
Philippines- Polka dots and coins, New Years- On New Years eve men and women in the Philippines wear polka, keep coins in their pockets and adorn their tables with round fruits such as grapes. According to Filipino folklore, circles symbolize future, good luck and riches.
Ecuador- La Quema de los Anos Viejos, The burning of the Effigies at midnight, New Years Eve- Late December Ecuadorans make life-size dolls and display them in the balconies or in windows. New Years Eve the dolls re piled in the street and torched. The fire is said to wipe away evil and bring good fortune for the upcoming year.