Rather awkward New Year’s Eve traditions around Europe

Rather awkward New Year’s Eve traditions around Europe


If you were thinking that most of the traditions around the world are gernerally really awkward, we’re here to confirm you this aspect by presenting some other rather awkward New Year’s Eve tradions around Europe which means that you were right, buddy.

Throwing Dishes Considered to Be Good- Denmarkdiseno-sin-titulo

People in Denmark throw old and used dishes at their friend’s doors on New Year’s Eve. As a means to show their integrity and loyalty towards their dear ones.

Leaves Placed Under Pillow To Get A Husband – Ireland diseno-sin-titulo

Most single women in Ireland practice the strange, rather awkward New Year’s Eve tradition, of placing mistletoe leaves under their pillow in the hope of getting a good husband. Irish culture also finds this tradition useful in washing away bad luck. Well, this is what we’ve called and considered a rather awkward New Year’s Eve tradition.

Pouring Lead to Know About Future- Germany And Austria.

Here are some more rather awkward New Year’s Eve traditions:

Germans and Austrians have a weird and whacky way of funding about things that are in store for them in the New Year. The strange way adopted by them is popularly called as lead pouring. In which molten lead is poured into a bowl containing water. The shape that is formed by the molten leads in the bowl of water is interpreted to find out things that are likely to take place in the next year. For example, if the molten lead takes the shape of an anchor in the water bowl then the person who has dropped it is believed to be in need of help in the New Year. The shape of a ball formed out of the molten lead signifies good fortune for the person throughout the year while a cross would imply death. Proof that there are some pretty rather awkward New Year’s Eve traditions, overthere.

People in Wales also believe that you should pay off all debts before the New Year begins. Tradition states that ending a year in debt means a whole new year of debt.


The Twelve Grapes is a Spanish tradition that dates back to around 1895, but became established in 1909. In December that year, vine growers in Alicante popularised the custom to sell larger amounts of grapes from a good harvest.

The tradition consists of eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight on 31 December, to encourage a year of prosperity. In some areas, the custom believes to ward away evil.


One New Year’s Eve, it is customary for the Finnish to carry out molybdomancy, a technique of divination using molten metal. Tin is melted on a stove and dropped into water. The resulting shape can be interpreted as an omen for the future or is rotated in candlelight to create shadows which are interpreted.

In Finland, shops sell small bullions in the shape of a horseshoe for this tradition. A bubbly surface said to refer to money, while a fragile or broken shape represents misfortune. I think this is what we’ve called rather awkward New Year’s Eve traditions.

PANCAKE FLIPPING in ENGLANDdiseno-sin-titulo

While the rest of the world carnivals Shrove Tuesday away with colorful Mardi Gras celebrations, the English – in classic. Off-the-wall style – get out their frying pans to flip pancakes.

There are religious roots behind the consumption of the sweet and savoury treats on Shrove Tuesday. Pancakes were historically served as a means of using up fatty foods prior to fasting for Lent. It’s the zany racing element of the tradition that is quintessentially quirky. The practice is said to have originated with a housewife from Olney, Buckinghamshire, who became so absorbed in her cooking that when the bells rang for a church, she made a dash for the service with her pan still in hand.

Races have taken place across the country ever since. Even the House of Lords and House of Commons pit themselves against one another in the highly competitive Parliamentary Pancake Race in aid of charity (the House of Commons lot are the current reigning champions). In Buckinghamshire, the town of Olney still hosts an annual all-female Pancake Race. Bizarrely, the town also participates in a transatlantic pancake race-off with the Kansas town of Liberal, in the USA.

The best bit of the pancake race tradition is that after all the strenuous athleticism is over. There’s a tasty reward ready and waiting in the pan – preferably to be doused in lemon and sugar. This is what we’ve called rather awkward New Year’s Eve traditions.


In Romania, some believe that if you toss coins into the river, you’ll have good luck throughout the coming year. Even more impressive: some peasants use December 31st to predict the coming year’s weather by systematically peeling, salting and reading the skins of 12 onions. “On St. Vasile’s Day or New Year’s Day, a person who is efficient in witchcraft and spells checks the level of the liquid left by the melted salt in each of the onions peels.”The level helps them determine the climate conditions in the new year. This is what we’ ve called rather awkward New Year’s Eve traditions.diseno-sin-titulo

Nevertheless, Romanians use to throw rice on the carpet in the New Year’s Eve for the good luck. Most of them complain that they spent weeks cleaning out the carpet.


Ever hear of dropping a dollop of cream on the floor to ring in the new year with good luck, wealth and peace? Well, that’s what some do in Switzerland – it’s thought to bring a year of abundance. (Hey, don’t laugh… provided everyone cleans up his or her dollop, it’s a lot more civilized than screaming along with a trillion other people in Times Square.) Some Swiss also observe the tradition of dressing up in costumes to invoke good spirits and chase evil energies.

Greeks are addicted to gambling on New Year’s Eve. Whether at home or in the casino, card and dice games are played in the hope that happiness will shine on the winners throughout the New Year.

Italiansdiseno-sin-titulo have managed to make the otherwise innocent New Year’s Eve celebration a little bit naughty. Tradition dictates that everyone must wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve. Be the boxer shorts or sexy lace panties – anything goes, as long as it’s red. Shortly after Christmas, red underwear is stocked exclusively all over the country. In Spain and Chile there is a similar custom. Italians also eat pig’s feet and lentils for good luck with their finances in the coming year…

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