New Year's Superstitions and Traditions:
♦ We kiss those dearest to us at midnight not only to share a moment of celebration with our favorite people, but also to ensure those affections and ties will continue throughout the next twelve months. To fail to smooch our significant others at the stroke of twelve would be to set the stage for a year of coldness.
♦ The new year must not be seen in with bare cupboards, lest that be the way of things for the year. Larders must be topped up and plenty of money must be placed in every wallet in the home to guarantee prosperity.
♦ The new year should not be begun with the household in debt, so checks should be written and mailed off prior to January 1st. Likewise, personal debts should be settled before the New Year arrives.
♦ The first person to enter your home after the stroke of midnight will influence the year you're about to have. Ideally, he should be dark-haired, tall, and good-looking, and it would be even better if he came bearing certain small gifts such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt.
♦ Nothing, absolutely nothing, not even garbage, is to leave the house on the first day of the year. The year must begin with something's being added to the home before anything subtracts from it.
♦ Make sure to do — and be successful at — something related to your work on the first day of the year, even if you don't go near your place of employment that day. Limit your activity to a token amount, though, because to engage in a serious work project on that day is very unlucky.
♦ Wear something new on January 1 to increase the likelihood of your receiving more new garments during the year to follow.
♦ Do not pay back loans or lend money or other precious items on New Year's Day. To do so is to guarantee you'll be paying out all year.
♦ Avoid breaking things on that first day lest wreckage be part of your year. Also, avoid crying on the first day of the year lest that activity set the tone for the next twelve months.
♦ At midnight, all the doors of a house must be opened to let the old year escape unimpeded. He must leave before the New Year can come in, says popular wisdom, so doors are flung open to assist him in finding his way out.
♦ Make as much noise as possible at midnight. You're not just celebrating; you're scaring away evil spirits! According to widespread superstition, evil spirits and the Devil himself hate loud noise.
♦ Holding a piece of silver or gold as the New Year begins is said to increase the chances of prosperity in the coming year...some place a silver coin over the doorway or a penny on the windowsill or have money in your pocket.
♦ Light up a candle and let it burn throughout the night. It guides lost souls on their way, tells evil that this house is occupied and remembers your loved lost ones.
♦ Wear red underwear to make sure to have a very lucky year in love affairs.
♦ Do not leave your laundry hanging during the night. Brings the dirt and bad things from the year before right into the new one.
♦ Do not wash dishes, do your laundry or wash hair on New Year's Day. You might wash away your new luck.
♦ To dance in the open air, especially round a tree, on New Year's Day ensures luck in love and prosperity and freedom from ill health during the coming twelve months.
♦ Whatever you do on New Year's Day, can reflect on what you'll be doing all year long. Recovering from a big party the night before? Your year will likely include being surrounded by friends and good times. Motivating to work out on New Year’s Day? You might just lose this extra weight in the new year. Cleaning and organizing around the house? Sounds like a year full of getting things done. Sleeping the day away? Maybe you won’t be getting too much done in the new year.
Happy New Year!