New Year Customs Around the World

Une nouvelle année vient de commencer et vous apporte de nouvelles opportunités, aventures et résolutions. Avant de vous lancer à cœur joie dans 2023, Kalliopé vous propose de voyager à travers quelques-unes des coutumes pour célébrer la nouvelle année à travers la planète.

Avec la diversité du monde aujourd’hui, la nouvelle année se célèbre de manière différente d’un pays à un autre. Bien qu’en France, il soit convenu de sabrer le champagne avant de le servir et d’envoyer des cartes de vœux pour souhaiter bonheur et santé, nos voisins à travers le monde ont des coutumes bien différentes.

On the other side of the world our friends in the Philippins are obsessed with round shapes. For the entire holiday period, they dine around round tables and gift each other round fruits and coins. On New Year’s Eve, they wear polka dots to celebrate the circle of life.

In Latin America, and especially in Argentina, Colombia and Brazil, whoever wants to travel in the new year has to walk around the block with an empty suitcase after midnight.

In Chinathere are wishing trees. On New Year’s Eve, people write their wishes on a piece of paper and throw it at one of these sacred trees. If the paper sticks to a branch, the wish will come true in the new year.

Because of the time difference,New Zealandis the first country in the world to celebrate the New Year. In Wellington and other cities it’s traditional to step outside at midnight with your best pots and pans and bang them as loudly as possible.

Every year InCape Verde the New Year’s Eve race is a sporting event that brings together famous African athletes and locals. It takes place right on New Year’s Eve and is also called the New Year’s Eve Midnight Bath, since at the end people jump into the ocean to wash off the previous year.

In more superstitious countries such as Greece, there’s a belief that the first guest to step into the house brings either happiness, if they step over the threshold with their right foot forward, or sorrow, if they step over the threshold with their left foot forward and come empty handed.

Now that you’re the expert on New Year’s traditions across the world, you can no longer be pretend to be caught unaware when you travel! And on that note, Happy New Year from Kalliopé, in every language! 🙂

Anglais : Best wishes 2024

Allemand : Alles Gute Für 2024

Espagnol : Feliz año 2024

Portugais : Feliz Ano Novo 2024

Italien : Buone Feste e Felice Anno Nuovo

Néerlandais : De beste wensen voor 2024

Polonais : Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku 2024

Hongrois : Kellemes Karácsonyi ünnepeket és Boldog új évet kívánunk 2024-re!

Roumain : Sărbători fericite 2024

Ukrainien : З Новим 2024-м роком

Russe : Желаем успехов и процветания в 2024 году!

Chinois : 2024 美好祝愿

Japonais : 謹賀新年 2024

Vetnâmien : Chúc mừng năm mới 2024

10 Years of Kalliopé

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18 years of translating for our clients

From the very beginning, Karine wanted to combine her experience in the field of translation with new technologies to provide her clients with a high standard of specialised translations. The first project manager came onboard in 2008. One year later, Laëtitia Martin-Gonzalez joined the team as a commercial development manager when Kalliopé took over another translation agency. The first major projects started coming in: L’Oréal Professionel asked Kalliopé to translate a large project from Brazilian Portuguese into French and BNP Personal Finance came in with a document on risk management that needed to be translated from French into English in record time. In 2011, Kalliopé took over the translation division of a training company. That same year, the office at Rue Pecquay became too small for the growing team so Kalliopé moved to a new office a few steps away on Rue des Archives.

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