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Five weird and wonderful New Year's Eve traditions from around the world

From plate smashing to grape eating, many unique traditions are marked in little pockets of the globe on December 31

Whether you’re an avid New Year’s Eve reveller or someone that loves to hate the annual celebration, there’s usually little you can do to avoid it.

Although not all cultures officially mark the end of one year and the beginning of a new one on December 31, the night is usually celebrated all over the world.

Fireworks and parties are standard for most New Year’s Eve well-wishers but many unique traditions are marked in little pockets of the globe as well.

From plate smashing to grape eating, The National takes a look at some of the world’s most unique New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Updated: December 29, 2020 03:21 PM