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New Years Eve Celebrations European Style

December 31, 2015

How will you be ringing in the New Year? A glass of bubbly with friends at a house party, attending Hogmanay in Edinburgh or just enjoying a quiet evening with your loved ones! 

When it comes to New Year celebrations in Europe there really is a lot of superstition and customs that people like to keep up to make sure their new year runs smoothly.

One of the oldest traditions in Europe is 'First Footing', when the clock strikes 12 custom states a male stranger should be the first to set foot in your house, and that this visitor should bring you a lump of coal, some bread and some salt, bringing with them good luck and prosperity for the new year ahead. Superstition states that it should definitely not be a woman, nor a blonde haired person or a red headed person, as these people are supposed to bring bad luck! (it was obviously a man thought this up!)

Noise is a big theme - again to do with superstition the aim with street parades and street parties is to make as much noise as possible to warn off evil spirits, so firecrackers, drums and music are all a sure fire way to do this.

In the UK, it is very traditional for us to get around in a circle, link arms and all stand together to sing a song called 'Auld Lang Syne' the funny thing is nobody ever remembers the lyrics, but basically the song is about remembering the past and those we have known in the past with fondness....

"Should old acquaintance be forgot

And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance

be forgot

And auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne, 
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,

For auld lang syne!"

In Spain, it's traditional to eat 12 grapes at midnight to make sure you have 12 lucky months ahead in the new year!

So what about New Years Resolutions? Will you be making any? Well, supposedly it's the Babylonians we have to thank for New Years resolutions! 

If your new years resolution is to do something different and try a new activity or you want to discover a new part of Europe, then do it with!

So here's to 2016 and whatever way you say it: Happy New Year, Felice Anno Nuovo, Feliz ano Nuevo from all the team at


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