Here in the U.S. we have a rather conservative New Year's Eve tradition of kissing someone that the stroke of midnight. Check out some of the things other people do around the world.

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    Dean Mouhtaropoulos, Getty Images


    Folks dress up in bear furs or costumes and walk the streets to ward off evil.

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    Alexander Hassenstein, Getty Images

    The Danish

    They hurl their old plates at the doorways of friends and family, or neighbor's they want to have good luck in the coming year.

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    Jeff J Mitchell, Getty Images

    South American Countries

    They wear different color undies and red means you're in the mood for love.

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    Matt Cardy, Getty Images

    The French

    They eat some sweet carb-loaded food like pancakes.

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    Quim Llenas, Getty Images


    Can you stuff 12 grapes in your mouth? If so, you just might have a good year, according to folks in Spain.

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    ChinaFotoPress, Getty Images

    Takanakuy, Peru

    People with conflicts settle them Fight Club style and then start the year with a fresh slate.

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    Darren England, Getty Images


    They participate ice diving to plant trees under the frozen waters.

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    Fox Photos, Getty Images

    Denmark, Phillippines & Brazil

    They all participate in the jumping over chairs, waves and just twelve times in a row.

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