Dear clients, colleagues and stakeholders,
One thing that millions of people around the world have in common is to celebrate Christmas and New Year. But did you know that each country has its own unique customs and traditions that are said to bring fortune and happiness in the coming year? In Japan for example it’s lucky to start into the New Year by laughing or smiling. May be one of the following examples might bring a smile to your face as well:
At Christmas Eve all sweeping brooms are safely hidden away because it is said that witches roam that night and steal the brooms to fly around and harass people.
In Czech Republic:
Unmarried women stand at the door and throw a shoe over their shoulder – if the toe is pointing towards the door when it lands, they will be married within the next year. Whereas decorating the Christmas tree with a spider web is supposed to bring wealth and luck, and to see a spider in the morning of Christmas day promises a particularly happy new year. China Czech Italy Switzerland United Kingdom USA
At midnight – instead of drinking sparkling wine and kissing – the Spanish stuff 12 grapes into their mouth; one for each month in the coming year to become prosperous.
Placing mistletoe leaves under the pillow on New Year, and to hit the walls with bread, wards off evil spirits and gets rid of bad luck.
In Italy and South America:
The fortune for the year ahead is all decided by the underwear. Those who want to find love wear red underwear for the New Year, whilst gold diggers should opt for yellow, which brings wealth and luck. If you’re after a bit of peace, some white pants should do the trick.
Although most of the world's plastic Christmas trees and Christmas decorations are made in China, the feast itself doesn’t have an important meaning there. Since the vast majority of the Chinese people are not Christians, the main winter festival in China is the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), which takes place towards the end of January / beginning of February. This is a time when children receive new clothes and toys, eat luxurious meals, and enjoy fireworks. An important aspect of the Chinese New Year celebration is also the commemoration of their ancestors.
An age-old tradition dictates that each family member must stir the traditional Christmas pudding in a clockwise direction before it’s cooked, making a wish as they do so.
There are many more traditions worldwide of course. At forteq it has become a firm tradition to donate to local aid organisations instead of sending out Christmas cards. The purpose of each chosen charity has been summarized below in order to share it with all of you.
On behalf of the forteq Group I would like to thank you, our clients, colleagues and business partners for your support and successful cooperation during the past year.
We wish you happy holidays and all the best in the New Year 2016!
Chief Executive Officer