Strange New Year’s Traditions From Around The World
Ready or not, 2019 is here! When it comes to celebrating the new year in South Louisiana, we definitely have a few quirky ways and traditions. That being said, we don't have anything like what other folks do around the world to celebrate.
Some seem like fun, and others are just downright...strange.
Kickassfacts.com has put together some of these oddball New Year's traditions, and you can see more over at their site.
1. Some people wear adult diapers while celebrating New Year at Time Square due to the lack of toilets.
2. Ethiopia has 13 months. Their current year is still 2006 and they celebrate New Year's on September 11.
3. In Korea and some other Asian countries, when you are born, you are considered one year old and everyone’s age increases one year on New Year’s. So if you were born on December 29th, on New Year’s Day, you will be considered 2 years old.
4. On New Year’s Day in Akita, Japan there is a tradition where men dress as mountain demons, get drunk, and terrorize children for being lazy or disobeying their parents.
5. Instead of lowering a giant ball of lights on New Year’s Eve, Brasstown, North Carolina lowers a possum. It’s known as “The Possum Drop”
6. After the French revolution, France briefly used a new calendar based on a decimal system; 10 days a week, 10 hours a day, 100 minutes per hour and 100 seconds per minute, and starting at Year 1.
7. On New Year’s Eve, residents in a small neighborhood in Johannesburg, South Africa collect old appliances, carry them up to apartment building rooftops and toss them down to the streets far below.