SA makes list of strange NYE customs

2013-12-28 12:12
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Johannesburg - The New Year's custom in Johannesburg of throwing furniture out of windows of tall buildings has been voted one of the strangest customs world-wide to bid farewell to the old year and ring in the new, Reuters reported on the weekend.

The news agency reported that the local custom came fourth in a poll conducted by social networking site Badoo.com, which asked 7 200 users in 18 countries to vote for the strangest and also most fun New Year's customs.

The Chilean city of Talca's custom of spending New Year's Eve at a cemetery to be with dead relatives won the poll for the strangest custom.

A Romanian custom of trying to hear animals talking, and failing to do so bringing good luck, came second followed by an Irish practice of banging bread on the wall to scare away evil spirits.

Following Johannesburg's fourth place was a Siberian custom of diving into a frozen lake carrying a tree, and a custom in North Carolina in the United States where you lower a possum over a noisy crowd.

The Johannesburg custom also took fourth place as the most fun custom.

The mass kiss-in in Venice, Italy, Mexico's practice of wearing red underwear for good luck, and a three-day water fight in Thailand took the top three places in the category.

- SAPA

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