With 2017 now upon us, we’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.
In Australia, New Year’s Eve is traditionally a time for champagne, parties, and spectacular displays of fireworks as the clock strikes midnight. Other countries have their own traditions, and we thought it would be interesting to look at some of those that differ from our own. It’s really quite fascinating to see how others celebrate at this time of year.
If you’re celebrating in Mexico, you may find yourself eating a grape and making a wish on each of the twelve chimes of the clock at midnight (the Portuguese do similarly, with raisins), or throwing a list of everything bad that happened the previous year into a lake, to put it behind you. In Finland, you will likely find yourself seeking to tell the future by melting lead, and dropping it into a bucket of cold water before analysing the resultant shape. Ecuadorian males will find themselves dressing in drag to portray the “widow” of the year that is past.
Scotland and Wales have interesting neighbourhood gift-giving traditions on New Year’s Eve. In Scotland it is typical to give Scotch whisky, and a lump of coal, while in Wales the gifts are traditionally bread and cheese. The Welsh also have a five-kilometre running race that honours one of their legendary runners from the 1700s, Guto Nyth Brân.
In some countries (notably South Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, India, and Bangladesh), Christians will attend church for a special service as part of their celebrations, while in others (Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Ukraine and Central Asia) a speech or address from the President plays a central role.
However (and wherever) you have celebrated this year, we hope that you have had a wonderful time, and are viewing 2017 positively, with plans for your personal and professional success. We also hope that we can help you to achieve your goals, and look forward to hearing from you during the year.