For many people around the world, the new year begins on January 1. In many countries, traditional rituals have been preserved at the turn of the year. Some examples:

Spain 

At midnight on New Year's Eve, the chimes of a tower clock of a clock tower at the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid can be heard on television throughout the country. To each chime, people eat a grape. This is supposed to bring good luck for the new year.

Greece

Families play cards and other games of luck. If you win, you will be lucky for the whole year. Who loses, will have the best luck in love.

Bulgaria 

Blows on the back with the "survachka", a decorated branch of the cornelian cherry tree, are said to bring health and wealth. On New Year's Day, men in fur costumes run around as "kukeri" monsters to drive away evil spirits.

Italy 

Here, red underwear is compulsory on New Year's Eve. It is seen as a sign of good luck and success. 

Bulgaria 

Blows on the back with the "survachka", a decorated branch of the cornelian cherry tree, are said to bring health and wealth. On New Year's Day, men in fur costumes run around as "kukeri" monsters to drive away evil spirits.

Austria

At the turn of the year, it is popular to give lucky charms, such as little pigs made of chocolate or marzipan. Once the countdown to the new year is over, the Danube Waltz is heard on television. On January 1 in the morning, the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is a classic on television. It is broadcast in dozens of countries.

China

But the New Year does not begin on January 1 everywhere. This is also the case in China. Here, the New Year is considered the most important celebration of the year. It is based on the lunar calendar and falls on a different date every year - February 12 in 2021.  Then the year of the metal buffalo begins.

New Year is all about family: millions travel back to their home villages for the holidays - 老家. In the evening, all windows and doors are opened to let good luck into the house. Fireworks, dragon and lion dances welcome the new year.  Many have around a week off work.


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