BRINGING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH GOOD LUCK
Some people get all dolled up and head out into the dark night as they wait for the stroke of midnight to welcome in the New year. Then there are those like myself who can’t seem to stay up that late and prefer to pass out watching the ball to drop on TV. Exciting I know.. What are your plans? Do you have any?
In some countries how you bring in the New Year will for tell how your year will prosper. Below are how some examples of how others outside America like to bring in the New Year.
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Would you like to have more money? Who wouldn’t The Romanians believe that putting bills under the rug before the clock strikes midnight guarantees a prosperous year. Also in order to increase your chances wear red underwear and break some glass while chanting ” Happy New Year.”
WHO LIKES TO COOK
In Trinidad and Tobango they believe the key to a bright new year is cooking. Supposedly dreams will come true if you cook some black eyed peas on New Years Day. Funny I thought this was a Southern thing.
DO YOU WAVE WHEN YOU SAY “GOOD BYE”
In Brazil they wear all white to bring a peace of mind. Also they believe that at midnight it is a must to bring in the New Year by jumping 7 waves in order to bring in good fortune . Be ware if you turn away from the ocean when jumping the opposite of good fortune will follow.
NO OCEAN IN SITE, BUT PLENTY OF POKA DOTS GALORE
In the Philippines, lots of Poka dots and jumping up and down bring in the New Year at midnight. Filipinos believe that scattering coins in every room at midnight brings prosperity. Also they keep the lights on and have 12 round fruits on the dinner table.
WHO WANTS TO TRAVEL
In Venezuela and Bolivia they believe that good luck comes from eating exactly 12 grapes at midnight. For those of you wanting to travel, it is said that rolling a suitcase down the block or around your house will bring adventure to your life. It is believed that you’ll experience much travel in the New Year. Some also believe that ending the night by counting money will give you more to spend on upcoming travels.
DON’T JUST THROW AWAY BROKEN DISHES
In Denmark, people save their broken dishes throughout the year just so they can throw the pieces at their friends and family’s houses at midnight. This is a way to wish good luck. Children leave piles of broken dishes on the door steps of their friends and neighbors.
OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW
In China, good luck enters your life through the front door. Just before the New Year the Chinese tradition is to thoroughly clean the home and say good by to the previous year. What ever you do, do not throw anything away and take it out through the front door only the back door. Also to avoid sweeping out all of the good luck, you must sweep inward and never outward. Then you can’t clean until after day 2 of the New Year. This way no good luck can be swept away.
PLANTS TO PRODUCE
In the Netherlands and Switzerland some newly weds plant a pine tree outside of their home to bring in good luck and fertility to marriage.
As the New Year quickly approaches you may find yourself wanting to try some of these. I know I do. If you do Good luck.