No matter what the temperature is, thousands of Dutch flock the North Sea and plunge into the icy waters on New year´s Day. They call it nieuwjaarsduik. The word duik means to dive or to plunge into the sea. So Nieuwjaarsduik means to throw oneself into the water on New Year's Day. It's an old Dutch tradition.
I asked my husband what's the logic behind all this exposure and hypothermia experience at the height of winter. He said that it´s about purifying oneself. Getting rid of laziness or old habits and feeling your blood rushing through your veins. Bracing and getting yourself ready for the coming challenges in the New Year.
In the Philippines, we have a tradition too. We open all doors, windows (and wallets too) on New year´s eve. We believe that by doing so, we get rid of all the old problems, worries, heartaches; and we welcome all that there is to come in the New Year. And yes, with open doors, windows, and wallets too! lol