Bermuda – Onion Drop
Onions have always been of significance to Bermuda as it is one of their biggest crops and a culinary staple in their diet. On New Year’s Eve, the count down to the new year is celebrated by dropping a paper-mache onion which is covered in lights, from the roof of the town hall in St. George's. Individuals also enjoy local food and music and wait for fireworks while waiting for the drop.
Spain – Las doce uvas de la suerte tradition
In Spain, at the stroke of midnight, locals will eat exactly 12 grapes which symbolize each strike of the clock. The grapes must be eaten in a matter of seconds as they need to be gone by the time the clock finishes striking midnight. This is done in hopes that it will bring about a year of good fortune and prosperity.
Philippines – Serving round fruits
On New Year’s Eve in the Philippines, it is customary to display and serve 12 round fruits. Round fruits such as apples, plums and grapes are believed to represent prosperity in the coming year because of their shape which mirrors coins.
Greece – Hanging an onion outside of the door
It is a tradition to hang an onion outside your door in Greece. The onion is believed to symbolize rebirth, fertility and growth and it is hung to promote growth and good luck throughout the new year.
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