Decorate a herring to ring in the new year

by Karen Topakian

If you’re bored with your usual celebrations, try few of these on for size.

Why not go to Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and participate in fireball swinging. All you need is old newspaper, dried sticks, old cotton rags and other dry flammable material to fill a 60 centimeter ball of chicken wire attached to two meters of wire, chain or nonflammable rope. Swing the ball overhead as you walk the night streets. At the end of the ceremony, throw your flaming orb into the harbor.

In Dundee, Scotland you can celebrate Hogmanay, the Scottish word for the last day of the year, by decorating a herring. 

If you like to waltz, then go directly to Austria. Where you can dance to The Blue Danube, as it’s broadcast annually over radio and television.

If you prefer to play dress up, then catch a flight to the Philippines to don clothes with circular patterns like polka dots to attract money and fortune.

Or jet to Mexico, to find love in the New Year by wearing red underwear, yellow if money is what you desire and periwinkle if you’re all about food.

If you long to take a journey of your dreams, go south of the border to Ecuador. All you have to do is walk around the block carrying a suitcase and your travel dream will come true.

But if a quieter celebration suits your style, join the Danes in eating a three-course meal, then settle in to watch the Queen’s New Year’s Speech on television.

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