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New Year's Eve customs à la Austria

A traditional start to the year


These are the most popular New Year's Eve and New Year's customs in Tyrol!

How do you spend the last evening before a new year? Cosy at home, with your closest family or with music and fun? This year we probably all experienced a completely new New Year's Eve. But one thing is still the same everywhere in Austria: our beloved New Year's Eve customs!

New Year's Eve custom #1: Fireworks - bright & loud into the new year

Popular all over the world, especially celebrated in Austria.
Loud, bright and colourful, we love to ring in the New Year with a big firework display. This custom originated in the Middle Ages, where the noise was intended to drive away spirits.  

New Year's Eve custom #2: Pouring lead - the New Year's oracle

A tradition that should tell us something about the coming year. It involves simply melting a small amount of lead over a candle and then pouring it into cold water. The resulting figure symbolises - with a lot of imagination - what the lead caster can expect in the coming year. Lead casting is a custom that was already widespread among the ancient Romans. 

New Year's Eve custom #3: Lucky charms - giving good luck

This is probably the most widespread tradition at the turn of the year:
Giving small lucky charms as gifts. Motifs such as shamrocks, pigs, toadstools or chimney sweeps are particularly popular. But homemade or edible lucky charms are also gaining in popularity. A small amount of money is also often given as a gift - as seed money for the coming year, so to speak, but this is more often given by (grand)parents to grandchildren/children. 

New Year's Eve custom #4: Joy of life in three-four time

One, two, three - One, two, three! Last but not least, one of the most popular customs of the Austrians - the Danube Waltz at midnight. From young to old and from old to young, it is played in many places just in time for the midnight chime and danced merrily into the New Year!

No matter where or how New Year's Eve was celebrated this year and will continue to be celebrated, with these great customs it will always be an unforgettable hit.

We wish you good luck and above all good health in 2021!




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