People around the world welcome the new year on Jan. 1, and Germans are no exception.
There’s no better way to kick off a new year than by enjoying an authentic German meal and beer at Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant in Pompano. Here are some other ways people in Germany and around the world celebrate.
Germans have two contradictory traditions involving fish on New Year’s Eve, which they call “Silvester,” after Pope Sylvester I, who died on Dec 31, 335. Legend has it that as the pontiff passed away, non-believers around him choked on fish bones. So superstitious people avoid eating fish.
However, carp is one fish that’s considered a lucky charm, and some believe that keeping a carp scale in your means you will receive money in the coming year.
On new Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Germans will enjoy punch, eat fondue and raclette, and drink Sekt (German sparkling wine). They shoot off fireworks at midnight and wish you Guten Rutsch, or a “good slide” into the new year.
Elsewhere in Europe, people in Spain wear red underwear as a good luck charm for the coming year on Nochevieja (“old night”), per Newsweek. They eat a dozen green grapes at midnight, with each one symbolizing good luck for one month of the coming year. Then they head out to enjoy parties until late into the morning.
In Russia, New Year’s Eve is considered the most important annual holiday. It’s celebrated at home with a late dinner and a televised address by the president airing before midnight. After midnight, Russians enjoy concerts, fireworks, and parties. On January 14th, Russians celebrate the “old” New Year based on the Orthodox calendar.
In the United Kingdom, Big Ben tolls at midnight, followed by fireworks and street parties. Iceland lifts its national ban on fireworks for the week of New Year’s Eve, and Icelanders light bonfires to burn away the old year and symbolize starting a fresh new year.
In Denmark, it’s tradition to smash glass against the front doors of friends and loved ones to symbolize destroying the problems of the past year. It’s considered a compliment.