People all over the world welcome in the New Year. It is a time for celebration and parties. Here are some traditions from four countries.
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In Brazil, people spend time at the beach. They light candles. They throw white flowers into the sea for good luck.
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In Canada, some people take a “polar bear” swim on New Year’s Day. Brrrr! The water is icy cold!
In Spain and Cuba, people eat 12 grapes at midnight. The grapes are said to mean 12 lucky months ahead.
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In the Netherlands, bakers fry dough balls and shake sugar on them. They are eaten at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
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