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108 rings, Japan:

Forget 12 chimes, the Japanese patiently sit through 108 rings at midnight on December 31, as bells are tolled in Buddhist temples around the country. The number 108 symbolises the human sins in Buddhist belief and the ringing of the bell is aimed at removing the 108 desires of sense and feeling from Japanese citizens.

10 unique and interesting New Year traditions from around the world

New Year’s Eve may be party time for the rest of us folks, but there are many out there in the world who usher in the New Year with some unique, and often strange, traditions.

Let’s take a look 10 such unique New Year rituals from around the world: