New Year’s Eve Traditions From Around The World

There’s no better way to see out 2017 and welcome in 2018 than with fine food, refreshing drinks and exquisite company. As a Michelin star hotel and one of the best hotels in the Cotswolds, we’re all about honouring tradition and making our events extra special. In the spirit of new beginnings we’re bringing you a compiled list of New Year’s Eve traditions from various locations around the world.

The UK

By now, we’re sure you know that New Year in the UK is synonymous with hospitality, fireworks and a welcoming atmosphere. First written down in the 1700s, Auld Lang Syne is sung by all (often with hilarious lyrics due to mistranslation) and people make new year’s resolutions, or promises, for the upcoming year.


Spain corresponds their eating of grapes with the chime of midnight. Those who can eat all 12 before the end will have a prosperous year and a fulfilled wish.


Residents of Talca see in the new year at their local graveyard. This tradition stems back to when a family broke in to spend time with their deceased father. After late night mass, the town mayor gives permission for the graveyard to be opened so that everyone can be in the company of their relatives.

South Africa

Taking the idea of starting the new year afresh to extremes, some Johannesburg residents opt to throwing old furniture out of their homes, particularly from their windows.


If you want a year full of prosperity and wealth in Hungary, then you serve up a massive dinner of roast pork or kocsonya. They believe that this meat symbolises wealth due to its rich fat but be warned, eating poultry or fish will see your good luck ‘fly away’ or ‘swim’ far from you.


Smashing plates against your friend’s front doors and leaping from chairs at midnight – it’s all in a night’s work for the Danish. The more smashed crockery you collect, the more popular and full of luck you will be. The perfect accompaniment to ‘leaping’ into the new year from a chair, some say.


The French are renowned for their excellent food, but on new year’s they push the boat out even further. Special dishes such as foie gras, seafood, salmon and glasses of champagne are shared with family and friends or at a grand ball.


Chinese new year can vary between mid-January and mid-February as they follow the lunar calendar. Celebrations can last up to 15 days and often include lion dancing and the exchanging of red envelopes containing money.

We hope this has inspired you to celebrate this New Year. Why not join us at Lords Of The Manor and help us ring in 2018 at our New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner or join us for a Two Night New Year Stay. Whether you want to enjoy a black-tie affair with six course meal like the French or have some rest, relaxation and perhaps a little adventure like the Danish trying your luck in the casino or archery, you’re welcome to spend your new year in fine company at one of the most luxurious hotels in the Cotswolds.

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