In years past, many people would travel over New Year’s Eve and immerse themselves in a different culture. Countries around the world ring in the new year with unique customs and traditions, often carried out at the strike of midnight. But that option is off the table this year, thanks to 2020′s endless gloom.
To celebrate the spirit of travel from home, we rounded up ways to bring international New Year’s Eve experiences to you.
Japan: Eat toshikoshi soba
Shiwasu is the end-of-the-year period in Japan, filled by many traditions like traveling to see family, attending parties and thoroughly cleaning your home. To commemorate New Year’s Eve, people eat toshikoshi soba, or “year-crossing” soba, which can symbolize having a long and fortunate life along with a clean break from the year. And if there’s a year we need a clean break from, it’s 2020.
Denmark: Jump off a chair
In Denmark, one does not simply let the new year happen. You go on the offense and jump into it. Just before midnight, stop what you’re doing and get on a chair to execute the jump like a Dane would.
Should you forget to jump, it’s said that you’ll bring bad luck for the following year, so please, we’re begging you — do not forget to jump.