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Austrians have a unique custom on what they call Holy Sylvester. Molybdomancy is the practice of divining the future by pouring molten lead into water and letting it harden then interpreting the shapes, similar to reading coffee grounds or tea leaves. Toward the end of the year, many Austrians purchase kits from Christmas markets that contain lead ingots in different shapes and a spoon for melting them in. Families will do the ritual together on New Year’s Eve and argue about interpretations of their future for the upcoming year. The tradition also exists in Germany, Switzerland and Nordic countries.