December 27th, 2013
08:19 PM ET

The strangest ways to ring in the New Year

You know how the old song asks "What Are You Doing New Years Eve?" Well, with Christmas behind us, it's time to consider that question.

Many of us in the U.S. will probably attend a party or watch the ball drop in Times Square, but the more adventurous should look outside America for ideas.

Badoo.com recently conducted a survey to find the world's strangest New Year's traditions. And while things like firing guns into the air, Thailand's three-day water fight, Scotland's spinning balls of fire and Germany's odd obsession with an old British movie scored high marks, they didn't top this year's list.

According to the survey, the three countries with the strangest New Year's traditions are...

  1. Chile, where people spend the holiday in a cemetery to be with dead relatives.
  2. Romania, where people try to hear an animal talk. If none do, it's good luck. They don't want to hear what the fox says.
  3. Ireland, where people bang bread on doors and walls to frighten evil spirits

But we want to hear from you. What's the strangest tradition you know, or maybe even partake in yourself? And what are your New Year's Eve plans? Let us know on twitter: @DonLemon and @OutFrontCNN.

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  1. Connie

    I married a Greek man, and his family tradition was to open all the faucets in the house at midnight. Kind of a whole-house colonic, I guess.

    December 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  2. Barb

    The strangest tradition that I have heard of comes from a town north of where I live. The town celebrates with a "Carp Drop." Instead of a large, glittering crystal ball like the one in Times Square, a carp fish is dropped at midnight. Since we live along the Mississippi, I guess using a fish shouldn't be too unusual (maybe).

    December 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply

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