Bored with the usual New Years' Eve party? We decided to find a new way to celebrate by taking an Electric Bike trip up Colonial Knob. And it was fun. Weird weather, but fun. If you look at some of the other New Years Eve traditions around the world, our adventure up the Knob is actually pretty tame in comparison. Check it out...New Years Eve traditions in...
Eat a grape with every strike of the bell at midnight for prosperity, only then can you say "Happy New Year!".
Throw molten metal into cold water then predict the future from its shape – a heart or ring means a wedding, a ship signifies travel and a pig means plenty of food.
It's ok to have roast pork, wild boar or rabbit stew for dinner on New Year's Day but not lobster or crab as they move backwards (or sideways!) which can lead to setbacks in the coming year.
Wear red underwear for good luck, throw pots, pans and clothes out of the window to let go of the past and eat lentils for money and good fortune.
Walk around the block with an empty suitcase for lots of travel in the New Year and wear yellow underwear for good luck!
Make a large scarecrow-like doll, often in the image of some disliked person or celebrity, and set them on fire at midnight, symbolising riddance of the bad things from the past year.
Wear white to ward off bad spirits and in coastal towns give offerings (usually flowers) to Iemanjá, Godess of the Sea, and jump seven waves for good fortune.
Dress up in the coming years’ zodiac animal, decorate your house with lobsters for longevity and clean the house from top to toe.
Throw old furniture or appliances out of the window (police in Johannesburg have cracked down on this due to the number of pedestrian injuries!).
Celebrate on 13th-15th April (as this is the start of the New Year in Theravada Buddhism) by throwing water on each other to wash away bad luck.
Take a bike trip up Colonial Knob and try not to get lost in the fog and mistake bushes for people.