World's Strangest New Year Traditions

From swinging fireballs to gobbling grapes, here are the wackiest ways of welcoming the New Year around the world.

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The faithful wear a costume of the next year’s zodiac animal (in 2014: a horse) to the local temple, where bells chime a sacred 108 times. —Melanie Lieberman

World's Strangest New Year Traditions

Japan

The faithful wear a costume of the next year’s zodiac animal (in 2014: a horse) to the local temple, where bells chime a sacred 108 times. —Melanie Lieberman

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