New Year’s fascinates me. There is something about people seeking new beginnings and letting go of the past that I find encouraging. Maybe that is because I am a Christian and I have a deep-seated belief in the power of being born again. Or maybe it is because I am an optimist who always believes there is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Regardless of the reason, I love New Year’s, so for some end of year fun I thought I would share some New Year’s traditions from around the world. Does your family observe any of these traditions?
Tradition encourages Spaniards to eat 12 grapes at midnight to secure 12 happy months in the new year. Sounds good to me!
Eating black-eyed-peas is supposed to bring luck and prosperity in the new year. Many Southerners take their tradition of eating black-eyed-peas on New Year’s quite seriously. Are you one of them?
Many Scots practice the tradition of first-footing. This is a practice in which the first person to enter a home after midnight on New Year’s should be a male, with dark hair, who is bearing a gift such as money or food.
In preparation for the new year the week before is spent cleaning the house to get it ready. At midnight, 108 bells ring to symbolize the removal of 108 troubles or weaknesses. I bet that is something to hear!
Round shapes (like coins) are seen as lucky and symbolize prosperity for the upcoming year. Because or this, many wear polka dots on New Year’s and place bowls of round fruit on their dining tables.
In Denmark, some people celebrate the New Year by standing on chairs and jumping off them together at midnight. This is seen as leaping into January and is supposed to banish evil spirits and bring good luck.
There are so many interesting and even bizarre traditions around the globe. What traditions does your family practice? Feel free to leave a comment. Share and let’s talk about it.
Image: M – Pics / FreeDigitalPhotos.net