8 Amazing New Year's Eve Activities for Kids
New Year’s Eve is a special time. We get to reflect on the year just past and also think ahead to what we want for the future. Below, you will find crafts and activities to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the year ahead. Each activity has easy to follow instructions, some even have step-by-step video guides. You will find affiliate links under each craft description for important supplies.
The new year often means a new start and people all over the world celebrate in different ways. Fireworks are a common way to celebrate but I have listed some unusual traditions.
New Year’s Eve Traditions Around the World
- In Ecuador, they burn paper filled scarecrows and photographs from the previous year to gain good fortune.
- Tradition in Denmark involves smashing old crockery against the doors of family and friends to bring good luck.
- In Scotland “first-footing” involves being the first person to cross a home’s threshold after midnight.
- Estonians eat a lucky number of meals, either seven, nine, or 12 times to ensure abundance for the coming year.
- In Bolivia, they place coins into baked sweets. If you find the coin, you will have good luck for the year ahead.
- Brazilians visit the beach and jump seven waves in the new year to bring luck. They also eat lentils for good fortune.
- Buddhists in Thailand celebrate New Year around April. They throw water on each other to wash away any bad luck.
- The Finnish predict the future by melting a special metal then placing it in cold water and interpreting the resulting shapes
- In Spain, the tradition is to place 12 grapes in your mouth at midnight to ensure 12 lucky months in the year ahead.
- Romanians dress up as a dancing bear to chase away evil spirits. They also throw spare change into a river for good luck.
- Junkanoo is a traditional New Year celebration in the Bahamas where dancers and musicians parade down local streets.
- To drive away evils spirits, Puerto Ricans throw buckets of water out of their windows.
- People like to start the new year by throwing away unwanted furniture in South Africa.
- To guarantee an adventurous year Colombians spend New Year’s Eve carrying an empty suitcase.
- At Buddhist temples across Japan, they strike bells 108 times. This relates to the Buddhist’s belief we are born with 108 sins and ringing the bell dispels any negativity.
New Year's Eve Activities for Kids
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Let me know in the comments how you celebrate the New Year. Do you follow any of the traditions mentioned above? Or do you have your own family traditions?