2 Jan 2017

New Year´s Eve all around the world

The car2go community is a melting pot of different cultures and nationalities. A small survey among members and staff showed how different the new year gets started.

Pouring of molten lead in Germany

After a nice dinner, that is often a very communicative one with raclette or fondue, in Germany it is a common custom to sit together and get an oracle for the forthcoming year. Therefore you use little figures made of lead and melt them in a spoon over a candle.


Then the molten lead is poured in a bowl filled with cold water. The resulting shape of the new lead figure provides an outlook into the future. So a crown is an omen for wealth, a bug stands for a new love and if the figure looks like a car it means that there are adventures ahead in the new year.

The interpretation of the shapes mostly takes a huge amount of creativity and flair .. and good will 😉

Dutch people taking a bath in the North Sea

On the 31st of December and  new year’s day the Dutch always eat “oliebollen”, a variety of sweet fried dumpling, and are visiting family and friends.


Next to that they have the “nieuwjaarsduik” in this case people run in to the Noordzee to celebrate the new year and some also to keep a clear head after the New Year’s Eve party 😉

Red underwear on new years eve?

Every Italian from the north to the south of the Boot will be making sure to have some red underwear to wear on the 31st December. According to tradition they should be received as gift and be thrown away the day after.

The colour red is a symbol of prosperity for the coming year and brings luck and good vibes. The custom has been handed down for many many years and dates back to medieval times or even to the Roman Empire.

Of course Christmas time is ruled by religion and all about the new coming year is about superstition. Will you also wear sexy red lingerie this year?

Nothing goes out in the US

At the last day of the year, the 31st of December, many families are eating lentil soup to get great happiness and money for the next year.


Furthermore there is a custom called: Nothing goes out. So that the happiness stays in house, nothing should leave the house. If this happens, you will be dogged by bad luck in the next year.

And what is typically for New Years Eve in America, too? – The big Ball Drop at the Times Square in New York City. Many people come together to see a big ball dropping of the Times Square Building. If he touch the ground at midnight all people are flipping out.

Make a motorcade in Jakarta

People are meeting on the streets to see the spectacular fireworks. Often there are live music or concerts.

At midnight the drivers make a motorcade and welcome the new year with the sound of the horns.

Who wants to celebrate smaller, has a barbecue with friends or family at home.

Big lunch with chicken and fish

The inhabitans of Vietnam don´t celebrate the European New Year´s Eve, they orientated at the Chinese New Year´s Eve, which is one of the most important holiday in the Asian area.

The date is at new moon, normally between the 21st of January and the 21st of February and is calculated by the traditional Lunisolarcalender.


The Chinese New Years Eve is also celebrated in: China, Korea, Mongolia, Okinawa and Taiwan.

At the last day of the year all family members come together to have a big lunch with chicken and fish. But the fish will not be eaten up as a symbol for prosperity.

At the first day of the new year everyone is meeting again, welcoming each other with new years benediction and make each other compliments, to start positive into the new year.

Haft Sin

The Persian New Year´s Eve is called Norouz, which is traditionally celebrated at the 20th or 21st of March.

A typical custom is the “Haft Sin”. Haft (“seven”) and Sin (“s”) is consisted of:

  • Sekke (coins)
  • Sib (apple)
  • Somach (Persian spice)
  • Sombol (hyacinths)
  • Sir (garlic)
  • Sabseh (corn)
  • Serke (vinegar)


All these things are positioned with a mirror, a candle, a Koran, a glass with a goldfish and Samanak (seedlings of seven corns) on a table.

After New Year´s Eve you´ll take the Samanak, walk to a river, knot stems together, wish something and throw it into the river.


And now it´s up to you! How do you celebrate the New Year´s Eve?