Some might celebrate New Year as soon as the clock strikes 12 on December 31st, while others might ring it in on January 1st. No matter what, New Year is a global tradition. However, all new year traditions are unique despite the fireworks and ball drops. Some people eat grapes, smash china, and throw multiple feasts.
In Ecuador, for example, citizens go on a city-wide parade with scarecrows of famous politicians and cultural icons. At midnight, they burn the scarecrows to symbolize cleansing evil and welcoming a fresh new year.
In Brazil, people light candles and throw white flowers in the water as an offering to Iemanjá, the Queen of the Ocean. If you’re looking to have a unique celebration, here are creative traditions worldwide.