A Worldly NYE
• Scotland. Here, the Scots call the holiday Hogmanay and traditionally bring their friends whiskey and lumps of coal. The city of Edinburgh holds a four day long festival, culminating in a rowdy street party complete with fireworks.
• Australia. Many major cities in Australia also celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks. Interestingly, Sydney’s fireworks show is themed and timed to music.
• Brazil. Not surprisingly, Brazilians know how to celebrate the momentous occasion. Families get together to drink and eat, notably grapes and lentils, a custom associated with the holiday. To work off the good eats in Sao Paulo, the Saint Silvester Marathon is held.
• Italy. Many Italians also eat lentils on New Year’s Eve, or Capodanno as they call it. Ritually, some may wear red underwear for luck and they often “donate” unwanted clothes and items by dropping them out of their windows and onto the street.
• Iceland. The Icelandic enjoy some good-natured humor on New Year’s by airing a comedy show on TV which effectively “roasts” prominent citizens and celebrities. They also hold bonfires with live music and food.