Creative Child February 2020 - Page 13

Colombia Colombians carry empty suitcases around the block in hopes of a travel-filled year. Japan The Japanese decorate their front doors with pine branches and bamboo to bring health and long life. They may also add fans, seaweed, or ferns for happiness and good luck. Children are given small gifts of money called otoshidamas. At midnight, bells and gongs are rung 108 times to chase away 108 troubles, and people laugh to drive away the bad spirits.• 12