Happy New Year!
We are recovering from our travel to California over Christmas break, but I thought I would share some New Year traditions from around the globe. After reading some older articles, I noticed a theme…
A year of good fortune is a common theme in many cultures, isn’t it?
Well, I have collected a few to share here:
1. Pomegranate Smashing in Greece
Pomegranate is a festive fruit. It’s bright red, juicy, and plentiful during fall.
(Image Source: Greek Greece Reporter)
According to the Greek Greece Reporter, “pomegranate is a symbol of abundance, fertility and good luck. In many areas of Greece they hang a pomegranate in their home in autumn. After the New Year’s Eve church service, they smash the pomegranate at the door while wishing “Happy New Year!”
2. Temari Balls in Japan
Originating in China, temari balls was introduced in Japan in the 7th century and has grown in popularity. There is a history of the craftsmanship and intricate geometric detailing that goes into making a temari ball.
What is so great about getting a temari ball on New Year’s? It contains a personalized good fortune note that is folded and embedded in the ball before it is made. Traditionally, a mother shows her love to her children by placing a temari ball on the pillow of the sleeping child on New Year’s Day. What a beautiful tradition.
(Image Source: ZME Science)
I’ve always wanted to try to make temari balls. I checked out a few craft making books at the library, but the intricacy and detailing in the project was too much to handle at the time. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get around to making some for the boys in 2016.
Feel like making one? You can check out this Instructable tutorial.
3. A Game of Yutnori in South Korea
Okay, this game is part of my ancestral upbringing and played on Lunar New Year. But since we live in the States, many Koreans play yutnori on January 1st (solar new year).
You can learn more about the rules of the game here (pdf).
How are you celebrating or making your own New Year traditions?
From my hometown to yours,