Today is New Year's Eve, the last day of the year.

In Mexico, people eat one grape with each of the 12 clock chimes at midnight, and make a wish for the coming year.

In Venezuela, they wear yellow underwear for a year of good luck.

In Japan, people eat soba because long thin noodles symbolize longevity, and at midnight, temple bells ring 108 times, matching the 108 attachments in the mind that need to be purified before the New Year.

At midnight in Greece, families cut a cake called a vasilopita, which has a coin baked inside; whoever gets the coin will have a lucky year.

In this country, the most famous celebration is in New York City's Times Square, where up to one million people gather each New Year's Eve to watch a ball drop. (From Writer's Almanac.org Image from Flickr)

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karen said…
We spent the evening having dinner and drinks with friends in Brooklyn and then had people dropping by all day on New Year's for an epic all day brunch. So lovely, although, would've been better if you were here too! Happy New Year! Lots of love.

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