People from different cultures have different perceptions about new years, of course.

Some feel it is one step closer to the end of the world where as others feel it is literally just the beginning of a new found success story. If it wasn’t, why think of trails and trails of resolutions?

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Myths

1. Washing Clothes or Sweeping

This I found interesting.

Apparently you shouldn’t wash clothes or sweep right before new year’s because it could possibly wash out a family member. Of course, this may help if it is one of those annoying cousins who always eats their boogers. I’m just saying.

2. End of the World

For as long as I could remember, the adults would say that the world isn’t getting any better and every single day we get closer and closer to the end.

Before my grandparents passed away, they would say that anyone who made it to live in the 2000’s would be insane. Hmm…well, here we are.

Since 1999, it’s almost as if everyone is waiting for the world to come to an end. And now there is a new scare: 2012.

3. Kissing at Midnight

Supposedly if you kiss the wrong person at midnight, you will have bad luck in relationships for the whole year. Not cool.

Traditions

1. Church

How many of you grew up in homes that said, “if the world is going to come to an end, what better place to be than church?” Yup. Apparently you aren’t the only one. People all around the country do the same thing…why? Because it helps them to feel secure.

2. Eat 12 Grapes at Midnight

The Spanish ritual on New Year’s eve is to eat twelve grapes at midnight. The tradition is meant to secure twelve happy months in the coming year.

3. Out With the Old, in With the New!

The Dutch burn bonfires of Christmas trees on the street and launch fireworks. The fires are meant to purge the old and welcome the new.

In peace, love and happiness

BIANCA

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