Broken television and furniture
Throwing old furniture out the window was seen as a way of marking a new start.
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South Africa

It used to be a tradition on New Year’s Eve in South Africa to throw old furniture out the window. It symbolized a brand new start – throwing away the problems of the old year and leaving them in the past.

However, this tradition got pretty dangerous as people were throwing old fridges, couches and other furniture out of the windows of tall buildings. It has been condemned as a very hazardous practice and it is not done as much anymore.

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