Wherever you are in the world, ringing in the New Year is always a time for celebration. Whether you are watching the ball drop in New York’s Time Square, eating twelve grapes at midnight in Spain, or burning bonfires of Christmas trees in the streets of the Netherlands there are always people celebrating the beginning of a new year.

In Ecuador, a popular New Year’s Eve tradition is for families to dress up custom scarecrows out of newspapers and pieces of wood and burn the scarecrows at midnight. This tradition destroys all the bad things that took place, in the last year, and scares away bad luck still lurking. It is also said to fill their homes with luck and happiness for the New Year.

In Germany, one New Year’s Eve tradition is called Bleigieβen (pouring lead). This involves pouring molten lead into cold water; depending on the shape the lead forms, it can mean different things for the New Year. Lead forming into a ball typically symbolizes good luck while lead forming into a cross typically means death may come in the New Year.

In Estonia, one tradition is to eat as many as seven, nine, or twelve meals on New Year’s Eve! It is believed that for each meal consumed the person gains the strength of that many men the next year. (Seven meals would be the strength of seven men in the next year). However meals are not to be completely finished as some food needs to be left for ancestors and spirits who are believed to visit the house on New Year’s Eve.

One thing is for certain no matter where you are in the world New Year’s Eve is always a time for families and friends to come together and celebrate the beginning of the New Year. Happy New Year from Celergo!