New Year’s Traditions- What Are Yours?
As 2013 approaches, many of us are winding down and recovering from our
holidays, family trips, shopping, eating, and many other fun activities. But, don’t sit down yet.....
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and we’re about to welcome in 2013!
I love to learn about different customs and traditions so I thought I’d look into a few involving New Year’s Eve and Day.
In parts of Scotland First Footing is celebrated. To ensure good luck for the coming year, a dark haired person should be the first foot to cross the threshold and this dark haired person should be carrying coal(the house will always be warm), bread( there will be enough to eat), money and something green (long life).
In Ecuador, men dress in women’s clothing representing the widow of the year that’s passed. At midnight in Japan, Buddhist temples strike their gongs “108 times to expel the 108 types of human weaknesses.”
In Spain, you eat 12 grapes at midnight to bring 12 months of good luck.
And of course in the U. S. any excuse for a party is all you need and New York is party central. This year the lowering of the 1000+ pound Waterford crystal ball will be a little sadder with the passing this year of Mr. New Year’s Eve.. Dick Clark. First Night in Delray Beach is a tradition as it is in other communities.
And there are regional and familial traditions that are followed. Being from the south, I have had black-eyed peas every New Year’s day my entire life. My very good friends always have pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day as well as herring in sour cream.
Whatever your plans, I hope you have a very safe and Happy New Year’s Eve and that all your traditions, customs, and good luck practices will mean a healthy, prosperous, and glorious 2013.
Would love to know what your New Year’s plans are
as well as any good luck superstitions you follow.