In the Andes region of Venezuela, on December 31, a figure representing the old year (such as an unpopular politician) is made with old clothes and burned to usher in the new year. In the Philippines, New Year's Fireworks displays are traditionally thought to banish the bad spirits of the previous year. In Russia, almost everyone decorates fir trees and has parties to celebrate the New Year, and Grandfather Frost leaves presents for children to find on New Year's Day.
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