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Sunday night people around the world celebrated New Year’s Eve with fireworks, music, and the dropping of a lit ball or numerals from a pole towering above on a skyscraper building to ring in the newest year. While they gather below in the streets to dance and party to music. Others watched unevents unfold in the warmth of their homes or at someone's party.
In the Philippines, children jump repeatedly at midnight in the hopes he or she will grow tall. Over in Italy some people eat a carnival pastry called chiacchiere to have a sweet and lucky New Year. And in nearby Greece, New Year’s Day is like a second Christmas. Children leave their shoes by the fireplace or another popular area of the home in the hopes that St. Basil will fill them with gifts.
In Germany people, drop melted lead in a bucket of water and try to interpret what it means. Or in Ireland people take bread and bang it on doors and walls to drive out bad luck and bring in good spirits. They also may light a candle at dusk to burn throughout the night. There are many other traditions such as eating lentils as they do in Brazil or in Southern America or Europe consuming as many leafy greens as possible to increase prosperity and health. Each and every one of us as our tradition(s) for celebrating New Year’s Eve into New Year’s day.
I hope you all had a good start to this New Year and that 2018 treats you well.