The oldest New Year's Dive is organised in Zandvoort. In 1960 Ok Batenburg and a group of swimmers from Haarlem have started this tradition. The number of participants increases every year.
I cannot imagine swimming in a very cold water. You must be crazy swimming in 1 degree celsius water. BRrrrrrrrrr!!They may have crazy traditions but Dutch people are very respectful, family-centered, loving and caring.
The event is sponsored by Unox (food manufacturer), part of Unilever. The participants received warm soup and drinks after swimming.
I can remember when I was young, we ate noodles (bam-i) on new year's day for long life. No spending of money, etc.
Do you have any new year's tradition?