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Fun ways to ring in the New Year

South Africans are doing all kinds of things to say cheers to 2014, and hello 2015!

How will you be celebrating the New Year? Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - How will you be spending your last days of 2014?

The Japanese consider 31 December a very important day and it's not unusual for people to stay up all night on this occasion.

One of the most popular pastimes is eating Soba buckwheat noodle on 31 December, either for dinner or as an evening snack to wish for a life that's as long as the noodles they are eating.

Eating Soba past midnight, however, is to be avoided as it is believed to bring bad luck. As midnight nears, the air is filled with the deep sound of bells being rung.

The bells are rung 108 times as the old year fades out. One explanation for the bell ringing is that this is done to forswear the 108 human desires. Some temples allow ordinary people to ring their bells as well.

South Africans called in to the Redi Tlhabi show this morning to say how they will be welcoming in the New Year.

One caller said she will be spending her last few days clearing out household items and tidying up, rather than putting it off.

"A cluttered house can lead to a cluttered mind. I feel so unburdened already."

Another caller's friend is going to skydive from Signal Hill to the beach by piggy backing on another skydiver.

Listen to the full show.