But then it all starts to get weird, let's not forget TV wasn't as plentiful and channel happy as it is now back in the late 70s / early 80s and I think we ended up watching Stanley Baxter's New Years Eve show (FACT: it's where I first heard "Donald, where's ya troosers?") and then I have a vague recollection of having to turn the radio on to listen to Big Ben followed by the crossing of hands and "Dad"and "Uncle" dancing as we English people attempt to remember the words to Auld Lang Syne.
Happy days, indeed. Then comes the really weird part. There's a knock at the door and a few seconds later a stranger walks in with a piece of coal and is welcomed as if he is a member of the family, drinking and dancing, dancing and drinking. I mean, come on, a piece of coal, what's that all about?
New Year’s Eve is a massive celebration across the globe. Whether we’re thinking ahead to new opportunities, celebrating 12 months of success, or looking to drown those sorrows and try again next year, December the 31st is always one to remember.
But it’s not all snogging, fireworks and singing, as there are a whole host of weird and wonderful New Year’s traditions taking place around the world. Here, we’ve listed 10 of the most unbelievable that our team have come across. Enjoy!
In many rural areas of Belgium, it has become customary for farmers to bless their cattle and wish them a Happy New Year. This tradition is said to bring luck for the upcoming year, and probably also cheers the cows themselves up, on an otherwise uneventful day for livestock.
If you were scared by that scene in The Revenant, Romania may just be somewhere to avoid visiting over the New Year. People across the nation wear real bear skins and dance through the streets to ward off evil spirits, accompanied by the sound of pan pipes and military drums.
Many divers in Siberia have been known to usher in the New Year by planting fir trees in icy water. Amongst a number of select spots, Christmas trees are routinely planted at the bottom of Lake Baikal, the World’s deepest.
In Belarus, you’ll find slightly, shall we say wilder, New Year’s celebrations. The single ladies play a number of games during the annual festivities, one of which sees piles of corn placed on the ground in front of each maiden, before a rooster is set loose to choose a pile. The lucky lady whose pile the cockerel chooses is said to be the next to get married in the upcoming year.
From weddings to Burns Night, the Scots love a party; New Year’s Eve is no exception. Possibly the biggest of all Scottish celebrations, the Hogmanay sees “experts” swing fireballs around their heads in a ritualistic display, cheered on by locals who turn up in droves to witness the display.
In Switzerland, one tradition is to let a drop of cream – or in more modern times a dollop of ice cream - land on the floor. This is said to bring a year of luck, characterised by abundance and symbolised by the overflowing cream.
In a tradition which could scare even the most fearless of scarecrows. Ecuadorians see in the New Year by burning effigies of who they see as sinners from the past year. The burning of these dolls - often with their sins labelled - represents the diminishing of their evil acts, ushering in (literally) a brighter New Year.
We’ve all been there, wondering just how popular we really are with our nearest and dearest. Well, luckily for the people of Denmark, they’re able to find this out every New Year’s Day, with a quick peek at the broken china atop their doorstep.
The site of shining red Pomegranates is one you’ll see a lot in Turkey, in particular within the capital city of Istanbul. The city’s inhabitants love the fruity, seedy oddity, which is used in everything from dyes and leather-care, to making juice and flavouring grenadine.
Although one of the world’s most controversial - and downright dangerous – annual celebrations, it’s hard to look past events in the Hillbrow suburb of Johannesburg when looking for unbelievable New year’s Traditions. In this ritual, it has become customary for inhabitants to throw belongings out of the high-rise buildings in which they live, as a way of saying goodbye to unwanted belongings.
2017 is HERE at last, let's hope it's a good year for anyone and everyone... yes there'll be some shower of shit times, there always is, but let's remain positive and no I am not donning my Miss World bikini 1988 and asking for world peace and a cure for cancer but let's just hope we smile more than we frown, we laugh more than we cry and we see more ghosts than ever before, cos that's what life is all about.. ghost hunting, I know it, you know it, we just need to convince the rest of the world.