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New Years Dive and other weird traditions

FrankFrank ModeratorPosts: 4,964 mod
The New Year has finally begun. In the Netherlands there's a tradition to take a first dip in the ice cold North Sea at noon on the first day of January. Thousands of people attend. Do you also have such kinds of strange traditions in your country? Tell us about it.
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 8,490 mod
    edited January 2
    After you @Frank. :smile:

    Apart from the usual traditions (although we don't have a back door, so it's tough to First Foot in our house), one of our personal New Year traditions is to do a jigsaw puzzle, and to play a game (usually Rummikub, but this year it was BopIt.)

    Some people in the UK also go for a dip, and a couple of outdoor swimming pools open their doors. Brrr!

    Of course we also make New Year's Resolutions.

    My (personal) New Year's Resolutions:-

    1. Keep improving my German.
    2. Keep going to the gym. (Started in 2016 and still going whenever possible.)
    3. Make my garden lovely.

    My (LEN) New Year's Resolutions.

    1. Do more for beginners.
    2. Restart the Thursday session in Kitely.
    3. Add a new session on Thursdays.

    What are your NYRs?
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,498 mod
    The Brits are just as masochistic. They also have all sorts of crazy cold and wet traditions for Christmas and New Year @Frank.

    https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/dec/18/top-10-christmas-new-year-run-swims

  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Teacher Posts: 1,991 mod
    I don't make New Year resolutions!
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 3,647 mod
    I don't do anything strange, but a friend of mine always jumps off his sofa at the stroke of midnight, to "jump into the new year" which I think is a nice thing to do!
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,498 mod
    I don't bother with new year resolutions either @amatsuscribbler. If I can't do it any time of the year, I doubt that saying I'll do it on January 1st will a blind bit of difference.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 3,647 mod
    mheredge said:

    I don't bother with new year resolutions either @amatsuscribbler. If I can't do it any time of the year, I doubt that saying I'll do it on January 1st will a blind bit of difference.

    For some reason, I find it motivating to make resolutions, and I usually make a list and then manage to stick to a few of them. So this time of year does seem to make a bit of a difference to me, I don't know why.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,498 mod
    Do you manage to keep any of your New Year Resolutions @GemmaRowlands?
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 3,647 mod
    mheredge said:

    Do you manage to keep any of your New Year Resolutions @GemmaRowlands?

    Yes :) one year I lost a lot of weight and I have managed to keep it off since. Another year I resolved to pass my driving test, which I did. I sometimes set resolutions to save up for things, and whenever I do that I always succeed, too!
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,625 ✭✭✭✭

    I don't make New Year resolutions!

    Because you are perfect enough? :)
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,498 mod
    @Shiny03 said: In addition, they did a survey about what happened after winning the luckiest man of the year. They found almost all the luckiest man had a terrible year. On the contrary, the second lucky man won all the good luck of the year. How sarcastic!

    Maybe ironic would fit better here. Or 'How perverse!' might be even better.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,625 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 6
    I must be the lucky woman of the year. You corrected my English. Yay- :smiley: @mheredge Thank you!
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,498 mod
    You don't often make errors in your English @Shiny03!
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,625 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 6
    I am happy every time when I learn things from you, @mheredge. :smiley: <3

    <b class="Bold">irony/ sarcasm/ satire

    Irony describes situations that are strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems to be the opposite of what you expected.

    Satire means making fun of people by imitating them in ways that expose their stupidity or flaws.

    Sarcasm is insincere speech. Your mom asks if you're excited to start cleaning the kitchen and you say, "Yeah, right," when you mean "Heck no."

    Irony pertains to situations while satire and sarcasm are forms of expression. People make satire and sarcasm happen. Irony is just there.


    Something perverse is unusual, possibly somewhat weird, and even immoral.

    Perverse (harassment?) lunch


  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,498 mod
    edited January 7
    Fortunately I've had so much for lunch, food is the last thing on my mind right now @Shiny03. Your perverse ruse has been foiled. This time at least. :)

    You mind find this article interesting. It's about how sarcasm can be good for creativity.

    http://m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id=66681
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  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,498 mod
    I'm heading to the seaside on Sunday. So I will be swimming in the sea in January, but I'm guessing the water will be nice and warm!
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,625 ✭✭✭✭
    What swimming suit do you wear? @mheredge

    No kidding. I would like to wear it if I can find it here. @aladdin Do you know where to get it?


  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,498 mod
    This wouldn't be a burkini by any chance @Shiny03. I'd happily wear this as it certainly would help hide my Christmas bulge.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,625 ✭✭✭✭
    Speaking of bulge (mine is New Year bulge), I'm no exception as well... :worried: @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,498 mod
    Today's been cold and wet @Shiny03. The way things look, I'll be huddling somewhere drinking hot coffee.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 8,490 mod
    We were talking with @Bobmendez and @Marko in Kitely last night, and they told us about the Epiphany celebrations in their countries. Brrr



    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3406198/Come-water-s-FREEZING-Hardy-Orthodox-Christians-dip-holes-cut-icy-rivers-Europe-cleanse-Epiphany.html
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,625 ✭✭✭✭
    @Bobmendez @Marko How many time have you been dived into icy water so far? :dizzy:
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,625 ✭✭✭✭
    Speaking of tradition about ice water ablution, there're several similar traditional events in Japan.
    Nashiki, Yokote city, Akita pref.


    Shinzan Shrine Hadaka­mairi

    Miyota town, Nagano pref.


    Misogi fes. Hokkaido
    <img src="http://www.yamazen-k.co.jp/blog/mizuho/files/2015/12/138770252886292278228_2_20131222175529.jpg" alt="" /



    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3392621/Now-S-fresh-start-Japanese-bathers-pour-freezing-cold-water-dip-pools-filled-ice-New-Year-ceremony.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dousing
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 3,647 mod
    mheredge said:

    I'm heading to the seaside on Sunday. So I will be swimming in the sea in January, but I'm guessing the water will be nice and warm!

    How was the seaside? I was also at the seaside that weekend, but seeing as I was in the UK I definitely didn't go in the sea!
  • YellowtailYellowtail Posts: 313 ✭✭✭
    The temperature of this thread is definitely below zero...brrr.
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