12 New Years Traditions (one for each month!)
It's time to celebrate the new year! With so many ways to start off a brand new decade, we want to know what your favorite traditions are. Did you have a wild night out with family and friends or did you opt for a quiet night at home, watching movies or reading books? Whatever you choose to do, the way you begin sets the tone for the rest of the year.
Some cultures believe that what you’re doing when the clock strikes midnight is so important, it has an impact on your luck, wealth, life, and love for the rest of the year.
Did you adopt one of these good luck traditions?
Kiss a Loved One
Chances are, you've heard of this one before. When the clock strikes midnight, kiss someone you love! This tradition is borrowed from English and German folklore, which stated that it's "the first person with whom a person came in contact that dictated the year’s destiny," so choose your kissing partner wisely.
In Brazil, what you wear on top of your undies matters! Everyone wears white to herald in a year of good luck and peace. If you can, head to the beach. You can increase your luck by jumping over seven waves since you get one wish for each wave you crest.
Eat 12 Grapes
Exactly 12. One at each stroke of the clock as it chimes the midnight hour. This is how they celebrate in Spain. One grape for every month of the New Year. Look at it this way, even if it doesn't bring you luck, you'll start the year with a fresh clean taste in your mouth!
Keep the Windows Open. Doors too!
How else are you supposed to let the old year out, and welcome the new year in? In the Philippines, if you crack your window or door on New Year's Eve, it's believed that all the negative energy will leave and make room for the good energy to enter.
Jump Into January
In Denmark, people stand on their chairs and quite literally "leap" into January at the stroke of midnight to banish bad spirits and bring them good luck.
Couldn't hurt! (Unless you break the chair.)
Toss Water out the Window
Look out below! In Puerto Rico, they believe that throwing water out the window drives away evil spirits. If that seems a little too unfair to the people who might be passing below, Puerto Ricans also sprinkle sugar outside their houses to invite the good luck in, which is a little sweeter if you as me.
Pack Light In fact, pack nothing at all. In Colombia, people take their empty suitcases for a stroll around the block. This practice is supposed to guarantee you a year filled with travel...and who doesn't like to vacation?
Carefully Choose Your Underwear
Certain countries, especially in Latin America, people believe that the color of your underwear can bring good things to you in the next 12 months. Red underwear will bring love, white will grant you peace. And yellow or green underwear offer promises of wealth.
Hoppin' John on New Year's Day
Quite popular in the south eastern United States, it's said that anyone who eats this delicious dish of black-eyed peas, pork, and rice on January 1 will experience luck and peace for the rest of the year. Sounds too good not to give it a try, right?
Breaking the Peppermint Pig
In upstate New York, special peppermint pigs are sold all throughout the holiday season. The pig represents good health, happiness and prosperity. Everyone gets to take a turn hitting it with a special candy-size hammer until it shatters and then pieces are shared and and eaten for good fortune in the coming year.
Add Something Extra to the Champagne
In Russia, everyone writes down a wish for the next year and then burns the paper that it was written on. Then they dump the ashes into a glass of Champagne and drink it just before midnight. If you prefer not to set things on fire, perhaps a regular toast will suffice?
Save a Wish for Next Year
Or, instead of burning your wishes, you can have everyone write down a goal, wish, resolution, or note to their future selves. Place these small scrolls into a bottle or jar and save them for the end of the year. On the following New Year's Eve, you can retrieve your wish in a bottle, read the notes, and have everyone see how far they've progressed.
Which traditions will you try? Be sure to tell us below in the comments!!