The New Year is finally here and for some it's time to celebrate while bringing in 2017. There are so many ways that people around the world show their excitement for the new year and along with the celebrate comes traditions.
My family hasn't really practiced too many New Year's traditions other than eating certain food on New Year's Day, fireworks and watching the "ball drop" at midnight. But this year I wanted to see what others around the globe are doing and not only what they do but also why. So other than partying the night away with friends and family and waking up the next day to eat and watch the numerous football games, here are a few interesting traditions that I discovered, most of them are to bring luck and good fortune for the coming year, and I can't argue with that!
Kissing at Midnight 👄 ~ By kissing our loved ones at midnight, we not only share in the celebration but ensure that the affection and ties to each other will continue through the new year. If you don't get that kiss, you are setting yourself up for a year of coldness! ⛄
Paying Bills 💵 ~ Don't begin the new year in debt and never pay bills or settle personal debts on New Year's Day. All bills should be paid, mailed and taken care of prior to January 1st.
Stock Up 🍗🍊 ~ No bare cupboards! Stock your cupboards and fridge along with adding money to every one's wallet or purse in the home to guarantee prosperity throughout the year.
First Footing 👨 ~ The very first person to enter your home after midnight will influence the year. The preference for this person is that he be a dark-haired, tall and good-looking man. Blonde, redheads are considered bad luck and women are said to bring disaster to the home. Wow! Ideally, the First Footer should come bearing small gifts such as a silver coin, coal, bread or even salt and he should be let in rather than using a key, even if he lives in the home. A couple of other requirements for the First Footer is that they not be cross-eyed, have flat feet or a uni brow...so choose and plan wisely for this one!
Nothing Leaves The Home 🏡 ~ Absolutely nothing should leave the home on the first day of the year. Not the garbage, presents, empty bottles...NOTHING! So if you need to deliver food, presents, take out the trash or shake out a rug, do it before January 1st or wait until January 2nd!
Food ~ Certain foods should be eaten on the first day of the year to attract both good luck and financial good fortune. Lucky foods include black-eyed peas, ham hocks, sauerkraut, collard greens, and cabbage. Apparently black-eyed peas are the key food but can be replaced by lentils if preferred as lentils supposedly look like coins. In Spain they believe that if you eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight you will bring good luck to yourself. Pork is eaten because a pig roots forward, therefore those consuming the port will move forward in the new year. Avoid eating chicken, turkey, beef or any other type of bird as poultry and other foul tend to scratch backwards and those eating it will fate themselves to scratch in the dirt all year for their dinner and bring poverty upon themselves. As for beef, a cow stands still and does not move forward either. Stick with pork! 🐖
To Work or Not to Work ~ Work a bit and be successful with something related to your work on the first day of the year but don't go near your place of employment and limit your work activity to a very small amount. Also, do not do laundry or wash dishes on January 1st or you'll set the family up to be "washed away" in the upcoming months...eeek! Those are two chores that will NOT be done in my home on the first!
I'm sure there are many more traditions and New Year's superstitions out there, but these are just a few that I found captivating and most of which I'll be trying to implement in my home this year. We'll see how it works! Happy New Year!