New Year traditions

The New Year is here, and you’ve probably planned out how you welcome it. Let’s look at the traditions people around the world followed to usher the New Year in. 2020, we’re here!

Illustration of woman wearing white on beach
Illustration: © Rama Ramesh

It’s all in the beach side in Brazil

Brazilians have chosen the seaside to fulfil their New Year traditions. People, usually dressed in white, walk along the beaches to throw white flowers and candles into the ocean as an offering to Lemanja. Who’s Lemanja? Only a supercool goddess of the sea in the Afro-Brazilian tradition. So cool that you’ll know right away if you’ve been good or bad! If the goddess accepts your gifts, they disappear deeper into the waves. If the goddess isn’t pleased with your offerings, they’re washed right back onto the sand.

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Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.