Useless information #48 - New Year's Eve traditions

Some, such as fireworks, are well known. Others are more or less local traditions and are unknown to the foreigners.
You're free to help me on this one by confirming if this is true in your country or adding details.


Buddhist temples ring their bells 108 times to symbolize the 108 human sins and to get rid of the 108 worldly desires regarding sense and feeling in every Japanese citizen.

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People write their desires on paper and burn it on a candle. The ash is then mixed in glass of champagne and consumed.

sources: 1, 2


To run around a house with a suitcase in hand. This tradition is based on the belief that doing so will ensure more of travelling in the new year.

sources: 1, 2

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