20 New Years Traditions To Do In CVille

By Maggie Comeau, Content Manager

1. Bright Underwear

derriere
105 E Main St, Charlottesville, Virginia
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In South America, people wear red underwear for love and yellow for money. So head down to Derriere de Soie. Maybe try and cover your bases with orange underwear?

2. Rock A Lot Of Polka Dots

duo
101 Elliewood Ave., Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
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In The Philippines, anything round is considered lucky and a representation of coins, that’s why many people wear polka dots. Duo is a great place to get a new polka dot item because…

3. Wearing New Clothes Is Lucky

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101 Elliewood Ave., Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
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Some people believe that wearing new clothes on the first day of the year ensures that you will have plenty of new clothes that year.

4. Get A Carpe Donut!

carpe
1715 Allied Ln, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Ring-shaped foods like donuts are considered lucky in The Netherlands.

5. Give Shortbread

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In Scotland shortbread is given as a sign of good luck. Lucky for us, we have local shortbread from Allens Scottish Shortbread.

6. Eat Some Black Eyed Peas

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In many regions of The US, black eyed peas are a traditional New Years food.

7. Throw A Dinner Party!

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100 W Main St, Charlottesville, Virginia
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In France, New Years is a time for dinner parties so get some cute plates and decorative napkins at Caspari and get cooking.

8. Eat Lots Of Rice

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In India and Pakistan, rice is a symbol of prosperity.

9. Write Letters On Beautiful Paper From rock paper scissors

rockpaperpaper
321 E Main St, Charlottesville, Virginia
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In Belgium, children write letters to read to their elders on New Years Day.

10. Each Some Chocolate Coins

chocoalteshoppe
406 E Main St, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Austrians give chocolate coins for good luck. You can find chocolate coins and other fun candies at My Chocolate Shoppe.

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11. Eat Lentils

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Lentils are a traditional New Years food in Brazil.

12. Get Some Mochi

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Mochi is a Japanese treat eaten during The New Year. Relay Foods has one of the best selections with brown sugar, grape, milk and sesame seed mochi.

13. Buy A Bamboo Stalk

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261 Ridge Mcintire Rd, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Bamboo stalks are a common New Years gift in Japan. They symbolize prosperity.

14. Serve Watermelon

foodsofallnations
2121 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, Virginia
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In Vietnam, watermelon is a lucky New Years treat because of their dark red color. The redder the melon the luckier it is.

15. Eat A Lot Of Pork

belmontbbq
816 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Cultures all around the world eat pork and pig-shaped sweets on New Years because pigs are supposed to be lucky.

16. Make Some Noise!

AMS-4071
200 Zan Rd, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Noise-making is another universally accepted tradition that started as a way to scare of evil spirits that might spoil your year, because evil spirits are a lot like raccoons.

17. Don’t Eat Chicken!

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Hold off that trip to Chik-Fil-A until the 2nd. Chickens standstill and scratch at the ground and so eating chicken can cause a year of poverty. Chickens are going nowhere in life, apparently.

18. Take A Dunk In A Swimming Hole!

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Photo: Words Of Whimsy
Many people take polar bear dunks to wash away the past year. Warning: it will be FREEZING.

19. Sparkling Wine!

kingfamily
6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, Virginia 22932
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What’s the point of New Years in wine country if you’re not gonna get some local bubbly.

20. Make A Resolution

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One way to improve your next year without relying on magic is to make a resolution.

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Maggie Comeau, Content Manager

Maggie Comeau is the content manager of Scoutology. Her favorite things to write about are sweets, brunch and burgers.

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