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And What Did You Do On The First Day Of 2010?

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January 5, 2010 Culture & People, Traditions 1 Comment

Apart from a leisurly cappucino-and-cornetto breakfast in your favourite bar, probably not much. (Or maybe that is just me.)

In contrast, four courageous Italians have celebrated the New Year by diving into the Tiber from the Cavour Bridge (not without emptying a bottle of champagne into the river first).

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Bridge over the Tiber in Rome

Yes, it is cold, dirty and not very deep, but they are alive and well. Haven’t you always dreamed of doing that?

Apparently it is a New Year tradition dating back to 1946, “when a lifeguard who was trying to find work leapt into the waters from the Cavour Bridge to advertise his skills.”

Would you do it? Have you done it? Talk to us… in the comments.

Source : The Associated Press

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