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Well it’s almost here, December 31st! New Years Eve – what are you doing? what are your plans? If you are at a loss this year, to make it special then here are some of the craziest traditions that we found from around the world. Why not add them to your festive celebration and get everyone talking! 

In Japan, they ring bells 108 times for the Buddhist belief that this brings cleanliness. It is also good to ring in the New Year with a smile on your face as this is supposed to bring good luck! : )


In Switzerland, they celebrate the New Year by dropping ice cream on the floor!

In Belgium, farmers love their cows so much, they wish them a happy new year!

The French like to eat a stack of pancakes. (hey isn’t that Canadian?)

In Scotland, the first person to cross over the front door in the new year should bring a gift for good luck.

In Ireland, they hit the walls with bread to get rid of evil spirits!

In Denmark people jump off of chairs to literally “jump” into the New Year to bring good luck.

In Thailand, they celebrate the new year by throwing buckets of water on each other and smearing each other with gray talc?

Wow! In Spain, if you can manage to stuff 12 grapes in your mouth right at midnight you will have good luck for the next year!

In the Philippines, they believe that everything should be round on New Years to resemble money, specifically coins, to bring wealth, round food such as oranges, melons, round nuts, grapes, apples!

And in Canada? There’s the POLAR BEAR PLUNGE! – you enter a body of water despite the low temperatures on New Year’s Day to celebrate the new year. BRRRRRR!

Here in BC, we have some great places to celebrate New Year’s Eve, Whistler is always very popular and Vancouver and Victoria are getting ready with their fireworks displays. Right here in the beautiful Okanagan, we have some great celebrations going on too!

If you are looking for some inspiration check out  Kelowna New Years Eve Celebrations 

and here are some ideas for downtown Kelowna – Downtown Kelowna New Years Eve Fireworks

Whatever you do, we hope you have a safe New Years Eve celebration and we wish you a happy and prosperous 2018!

All The Best!

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