Burma- For the Thingyan Festival people splash water on one another to start the new year with a purified soul.
Armenia- Armenian mothers bake special bread they have kneaded luck and good wishes into.
Italy- Red underwear on New Year’s Eve is thought to bring love and good luck.
Switzerland- Dropping a spoonful of fresh cream onto the floor on New Year’s Day will bring in a rich year.
Netherlands- Christmas Tree bonfires purge the old and welcome in the new.
Russia- Wishes written down are burned. The ashes are placed into a glass of champagne that must drunk at midnight.
Austria- New year feasts of pig and chocolate shaped pigs are common fare. This animal is a symbol of good luck.
Czech Republic- Predictions for the coming year are made by reading the shape of an apple’s core cut in half.
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