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Updated 30 December 2013

Strange New Year's customs from around the world

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.

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The New Year's custom in Hillbrow in ohannesburg 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 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 most unusual New Year's customs:

1. Gathering in a graveyard to be with dead relatives (Talca, Chile)

2. Trying to hear animals talking; if you fail, it's good luck (Romania)

3. Banging bread on the walls to frighten away bad spirits (Ireland)

4. Throwing furniture out the window (Johannesburg, South Africa)

5. Diving into a frozen lake, carrying a tree (Siberia)

6. A "possum drop": lowering a possum over a noisy crowd (North Carolina, U.S.)

7. A village punch-up with neighbours to settle old disputes (Peru)

8. Parading the street while swinging balls of fire over your head (Scotland)

9. Watching an old British TV comedy sketch about a lonely dinner (Germany)

10. A giant, three-day water-fight, with water balloons and buckets (Thailand)

New Year's customs that are the "most fun":

1. A mass kiss, or "kiss-in" in a Venice piazza (Italy)

2. Wearing red underwear for good luck (Spain, Italy, Mexico)

3. A giant, three-day water-fight, with water balloons and buckets (Thailand)

4. Throwing furniture out the window (Johannesburg, South Africa)

5. A village punch-up with neighbours to settle old disputes (Peru)

Source: Reuters

Image credit: chair in the air from Shutterstock

WATCH: New Year's Eve chaos in Hillbrow (source: Eyewitness News on YouTube)

 
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