Happy New Year! With the new year comes the chance to celebrate with loved ones and set goals for the rest of the year. The importance of the start of a year inspires diverse new year’s traditions around the world.
Some customs revolve around food. For example, the Haitian soup joumou isa pumpkin soup is eaten on January 1st as it’s Haitian Independence day as well as New Year’s Day. Other traditions are meant to inspire good things for the year to come. In Greece, one such tradition is hanging onions on doors after church service on New Year’s Day. People believe that onions symbolize fertility and growth, thanks to their ability to sprout on their own.
Whether celebratory or spiritual in nature, it’s clear that new year’s traditions around the world are dear to the hearts of each culture. To learn more about these traditions–and maybe even get inspired–check out our infographic below!