5 worldly New Year traditions to share with your loved one

5 worldly New Year traditions to share with your loved one

Get set for an incredible 2015 with your partner by trying some of these bizarre, wish-fulfilling traditions from around the globe

Here in Britain - and in many other western countries - New Year's Eve is typically celebrated with fireworks, parades, toasts and a big ol' smooch at midnight. But some cultures do it rather differently. Alexandra Gregg has found five of the most romantic, worldly traditions for ringing in the New Year with your belle or beau…

Finland

Finnish folks foretell their fortunes for the coming year by throwing molten metal into a container of water and watching for the shape it takes once hardened. Different shapes signify different things; for example a ship could signify travel, a pig may represent a lot of food and a heart or ring shape means a wedding.

Central and South America

Colours mean a lot in countries like Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela. On New Year's Eve, revellers wear special underwear and, dependent on the colour, this represents what they're looking for in life. Red means love; yellow means wealth; white means peace and happiness and blue means good health - to name a few. All good things for a blossoming relationship; remember you can only wear one pair of pants though!

Belarus

For New Year in Belarus, unmarried women try to predict who will get hitched over the forthcoming months. In one particular game, a pile of corn is put in front of each woman and a rooster is let loose. The girl who is the next to be married will find the bird circling around her and her pile, as well as eating corn from her hand.

Spain

Ensure a prosperous new year (and extra cash to go towards your honeymoon in 2015) in Spain, by wolfing down handfuls of grapes as the clock strikes midnight. The tradition first began in 1909 and involves eating 12 grapes, one on each chime of the clock.

Ireland

Not found that special someone yet? Or looking to take your relationship to the next level? The Irish reckon that placing mistletoe leaves under your pillow before you go to sleep on New Year's Eve will bring you luck in love or in securing a future husband or wife.

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