Orthodox New Year’s Eve
In Russia the church decided it would carry on using the Julian calendar while everyone else adopted the Gregorian calendar because being two weeks behind isn’t awkward at all.
In Serbia this is also called Little Christmas, and is celebrated a bit like Christmas.
In Macedonia, if you stay home, it’s traditional to eat pitta breads but one has a coin in which brings that person luck for the year.
In Gwaun Valley, Wales, it is called Hen Galan and children go round singing in return for sweets.
And just try Googling Switzerland‘s Silvesterklaus in Schwellbrun. They’re proper crazy.
In India the Uruka festival is celebrated in many different ways.
Bhogi is the end of the South Indian harvest festival, when people discard their old belongings or burn them in a big bonfire, and a mix of harvest fruits, flowers and money is poured over children for good luck.
In Assam they celebrate Bihu, when all the men go out into the field and build a house out of hay and a great big fire. Try a bihu dance.
Maldives National Day