Test your knowledge of New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world! The answers are at the bottom.
1. In Spain, as the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve, people___________at each of the 12 chimes.
a. Make a wish
b. Eat a grape
c. Blow out a candle
d. Take a sip of wine
2. In which country do people wear polka-dots and eat round fruits on New Year’s Eve for prosperity in the upcoming year?
c. Papua New Guinea
3. Why do many people in the Southern United States eat Hoppin John, a dish made with black-eyed peas, rice, onions, bacon, and salt, on New Year’s Day?
a. For good luck and prosperity in the new year
b. To bring friends and family a peaceful year
c. For a healthy and long life
d. To use up the previous year’s leftovers
4. Which are customs that many people in Brazil take part in to ring in the new year?
a. Wear a completely white outfit
b. Run into the ocean and jump seven waves
c. Throw flowers into the ocean
d. All of the above
5. What occurs in Japan shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve in order to welcome the Gregorian New Year on January 1st?
a. People light a candle to honor their ancestors
b. People run through the streets banging pots and pans
c. Buddhist temples ring their bells 108 times
d. People change into new clothes and shoes
6. In which country do they eat Kransekage, a wreath cake comprised of concentric rings of cake layered on top of each other?
What are your family’s New Year’s traditions? Share with us how you plan to welcome 2017!
Answers: 1) b, 2) d, 3) a, 4) d, 5) c, 6) d