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Are you familiar with New Years traditions around the world?

January 21, 2011 - 4 Comments

“[In France], it is considered unspeakably rude to fail to wish Bonne Année, usually followed by Meilleurs Voeux, to anybody you haven’t seen since December 31st…right up until the end of January.”

“The secular French tend to send cartes de voeux, or New Year cards, rather than ones at Christmas. In a business context, it is considered rude not to send one back, especially given that you have until the end of January to do so.”

“New Year’s is over, so German-speakers are through wishing each other guten Rutsch. “Have a good slide” has a certain surface plausibility to a non-German: you glide into the next year, hoping perhaps that the momentum will carry you through until the following December.”

The Economist’s Johnson blog has outlined some French and German New Year’s greetings – are these new to you? Do you have any personal experience learning the different New Years traditions as you traveled or conducted business in other countries? Share your thoughts below.

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  1. In Turkey people do not celebrate Christmas as such, however they are beginning to put up Christmas trees and lights etc. This is only due to a trend, and does not signify a religious inclination. Turks do celebrate New Years Eve, pretty much like Christmas is celebrated over here: They will have a roast Turkey dinner with friends and family, and exchange gifts and cards. Although most Turkish people are Muslims, they are more relaxed about Islam than the rest of the Muslim countries as demonstrated by the facts that they do consume alcohol, some eat pork, and most women do not wear the Islamic clothes. The trend for putting up trees and decorations is a relatively new one. It is likely that it may also have commercial reasons. The idea of Christmas for the Turkish is not a throughly alien one: Santa Claus (Father Christmas) was born in Turkey and is called Noel.

    • Nlhat – Thanks for your comment and this is great insight! Do you know about any other countries’ traditions?

  2. I didn’t know the french and German traditions, but i do know that in Italy you have to eat a certain lentil dish on new year’s eve, and a of course fish. In Italy it’s all about the food..:)

    • Hi Dan,

      Thanks for your comment. Do you know about this Italian New Year’s tradition because of your heritage or is this something that you learnt about through your workplace?