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NE W YE AR'S TRADITIONS WINTER 2021 | 25 Scotland Edinburgh's annual Hogmanay is one of the world's most well-known New Year's Eve celebrations. While you've probably hummed along to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne" following the midnight bells, you might not be familiar with the ancient Scoish tradition of First Footing, which still takes place across the country. To ensure good fortune for the upcoming year, the first person—or first foot—to enter your home aer midnight on December 31 must arrive bearing a symbolic gi of shortbread, salt, coal or whisky. FRANCE At the stroke of midnight, you'll find the French kissing under the mistletoe, which is believed to bring good luck and ward off bad spirits. New Year's Eve in France is known as Le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre—it's named for the saint who is celebrated on December 31, though he has no connection to new year's—and usually means sharing a feast with friends, which can include champagne and foie gras. SWITZERLAND The Swiss don't cry over spilled milk—or, rather, ice cream. In fact, they rejoice over it. It's not uncommon to find ice cream (whipped cream is also an accepted substitution) dropped on the floor in households across Switzerland. A scoop of the sweet frozen treat on the ground symbolizes overflowing abundance and wealth in the new year.

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