Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year from MEDB

MEDB would like to be among the first to wish you: Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, Happy New Year!

With the countdown to 2018, Hawaii will be one of the last places on earth to celebrate the New Year, a full 24 hours after the Republic of Kiribati, and one hour ahead of American Samoa. Around the world, fireworks are a common celebration with spectacular shows highlighted in Sydney, Australia; London, UK and in New York, USA with the renowned ball drop. Before we break into a verse of Auld Lang Syne we take a look at some curious New Year traditions from around the world.

The Filipinos have several traditions, with many of them centering on all things ‘Round’ which signifies prosperity. Clothes with polka dots, round coins filling pockets or left on top of tables and drawers; and round fruit. In Japan, a Buddhist tradition is to ring bells 108 times to cleanse away the 108 worldly desires, with the last strike to be at midnight, wiping away the problems of the former year.

To bring good luck or fortune, you might choose to eat twelve grapes starting at midnight, with one grape on each toll of the clock (Spain), toss spare coins into the river (Romania) or shatter unused dishes and plates against doors of friends and family or climb on top of chairs and jump into the new year (Denmark). Want to attract a travel-filled year? Do like the Colombians and grab a suitcase at 12 o’clock and run around the house/block.

How you start the year means everything in some cultures – the condition of your wallet (make sure there’s money in it – $1 will do it for the Colombians), the neatness of your home (clean it before January 1) and most importantly the color of your underwear. This last one is a South American tradition with yellow bringing prosperity and success, red brings love and romance, white for peace and harmony and green will ensure health and well-being.

Whatever way you plan to celebrate this coming New Year, be sure to smile as the clock strikes midnight. It’s the easiest tradition that can bring good luck.

MEDB would like to be among the first to wish you: Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, Happy New Year!

MEDB would like to be among the first to wish you: Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, Happy New Year!

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