Ideas for Different Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Unique New Year’s Traditions from Around the Globe

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Need some ideas for celebrating a fun-filled New Years? Check out some of these interesting traditions from around the world. Many are meant to bring in good luck for the upcoming year. Why not add some to your own traditions when celebrating? Here’s to getting your year off to a great start!

Out with the old and in with the new is a theme that comes across in many traditional New Year’s celebrations.  In Panama for instance, effigies are made to represent the old year and then are thrown into the fire to rid oneself of the past and make way for a fresh start.  Another tradition is to open all the windows and doors to let out the old air, while bringing in fresh new air.

Now, if you are looking for love, make sure you wear some red underwear to find that someone special in the New Year. If it is money that you are in need of, then yellow is the color that you should adorn.  Many Latin American countries carry on this tradition today.  Polka dots are also good to wear if you want to have prosperity in the New Year, as the dots resemble coins. People from the Philippines believe that wearing polka dots and eating circular foods, like doughnuts, oranges and tangerines help to attract good luck. So now that you have your attire planned for the evening, your polka dot dress or shirt with yellow or red underwear, let’s see what else we can do.

You probably are going to be hungry, so why not eat twelve grapes at the stroke of midnight?  The twelve grapes represent good luck in the upcoming 12 months of the year.  This tradition originally comes from Spain, but has worked its ways into many other cultures.  In Greece, a coin is baked into a cake called, Vassilopitta, whoever gets the piece with the coin is sure to have lots of success throughout the year.

If traveling is your thing, in Columbia it is a tradition to carry an empty suitcase with you on New Year’s Eve and your good fortune should send you off on that safari you have always dreamed of, or maybe that’s just me … Anyway, however you choose to spend this New Year’s Eve, and whatever traditions you hold close to your heart, let’s make 2015 a year of peace and prosperity for the whole world. We need it!

Walking along the Costa Brava

Gorgeous, breathtaking, moving and complete awe for this beautiful planet we live on gives you a sense of what we felt as we walked along the coast of Spain’s Costa Brava.  We are heading out for another hike today, but wanted to share a few photos of yesterdays tour.  Hard to capture it’s true beauty. Reminded me of parts of California’s coastline, which we will be back to soon! Again feeling very lucky!

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Celebrating Carnival in Spain’s Costa Brava

Today, we enjoyed watching all the fun of Carnival in Spain.  Carnival is celebrated all over Europe (and of course, Brazil) where each country puts their own twist to the celebration   It is a wonderful celebration of family and community.  We saw all ages dancing and singing through the streets, it was great! The different towns compete for the best costumes, dance choreography, and floats.  Tough competition this year in Lloret de Mar.  We felt very lucky to be part of this great tradition!

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I’m in love with Mallorca

When we just really needed some warm weather and sunshine we found it in Mallorca.  This incredible island off the coast of Spain, a quick 30 minute flight from Barcelona, is a very special place.  It is part of the Balearic Islands which also includes, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera.  It is the home of Rafa Nadal and Carlos Moya, both who have been #1 in men’s tennis.  We were so lucky to have warm weather and even a touch of spring.  The almond trees were just beginning to bloom and we found fields covered in white and yellow flowers, so nice to see, as it has been a long cold winter.  For those of us from Southern California, any winter is a long cold winter, and we have had our share of snow and cold this year traveling through Europe, so this warming trend was very much appreciated.

During the busy summer season, tourists can outnumber the locals 15 to 1. There are lots of German and English visitors, and many have bought second homes on the island.  One of the really nice things about us traveling during the winter is that we are in such an off season, that there are no lines and the beaches are almost deserted but it is also a little chilly.  It was nice to have the island to ourselves, but many of the restaurants are closed or have shorter hours.  We ended up just grabbing some fruit, baguettes and cheeses and headed to the beach, we made the most of it…

We played tennis, went swimming, hiking, enjoyed the beautiful beaches, explored caves, did some wine tasting (Mallorca has several types of grapes only grown on the island) and we had some really nice meals.  It was wonderful and we did not feel like leaving but we did.

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