December 08, 2017|
On New Year's Eve, the Italians ensure they're wearing their best and brightest coloured undergarments in the hope of beckoning fun and laughter into their coming 12 months. Those hoping for a bit of action presumably also make sure said pants are clean!
After Christmas Eve's midnight mass, Filipinos put the cheese into the festivities by getting together with loved ones and sharing a ball of wax-covered melted Camembert. Ooh, gooey!
On Christmas Eve, families in Sweden gather around the dining table with a steaming vat of rice pudding. Singletons should ladle their portion with care—whomever chooses the bowl containing the solitary almond will marry within one year.
On the night before Christmas Eve, communities in Mexico mingle in the streets at midnight where they get to know one another while carving nativity figures into radishes. The best are put on display in churches. Who knows how many unions are formed because of this humble vegetable!
Single women wishing to marry test out their chances of a proposal in the coming year by throwing a shoe over the shoulders. If the toe of the shoe points towards the door, a suitor will soon enter!
Single women line up and mounds of corn are poured at their feet. A local rooster is then invited to choose which pile of corn he will nibble on. The lucky lady will be the first to marry.
Iniuit Women can put their feet up on Christmas Eve and expect their men to do all the running around. But don't expect the relaxation to last long—by the time Christmas Day rolls around, it will be another year before husbands are making the tea and sweeping the floor!
Houses containing single women are easy to spot in Austria throughout December. On the fourth of the month, single cherry twigs are added to glasses of water and displayed in windows. If the twig has blossomed by Christmas, a proposal will surely follow for any unmarried ladies in the vicinity.
Read part one of this feature, Most romantic Christmas traditions from around the world.