New Year’s Eve is a time for contemplation, celebration, and planning for the coming year. Many civilizations throughout the world have superstitions and practices to assure good fortune in the following year.
People have been looking for ways to attract positive energy and wealth, from eating certain foods to executing specific rituals.
In this article, we’ll look into several unique traditions that you may implement into your New Year’s Eve festivities to bring good fortune into your life.
Things You Can Do On New Year’s Eve To Bring Good Luck
1. Hide Your Money Under The Rug
Consider preserving all of your money for New Year’s Eve as some Romanians do if you want to have more money next year.
Rumor has it that burying banknotes before the clock strikes midnight ensures a good year ahead for this bunch of Eastern Europeans.
Wear red underwear and break some glasses while singing the classic “Happy New Year!” to increase your chances of winning.
2. Consume Collard Greens and Black Eyed Peas
If you’ve ever lived in the South, you’re probably aware that what you eat on New Year’s Day is important.
Many people south of the Mason-Dixon line think that green foods bring money and that peas bring wealth.
So load up on collards and black-eyed peas, as both are supposed to bring you fortune.
3. Consume A Dozen Grapes
If you want to go beyond champagne toasts on New Year’s Eve, there are a variety of uncommon traditions from around the world.
One of these customs comes from Spain, where eating a dozen grapes at midnight is considered lucky.
You can expect riches and good fortune in the new year if you eat all 12 within 60 seconds .You can even make a New Year’s Eve wish for each grape you consume, for a total of 12 New Year’s Eve wishes.
4. Preheat The Oven And Play Some Music
More money and general prosperity often come with some effort. So, if you want to make it big in 2018, many Trinidadians feel the answer is to clean up the house and do some holiday cooking.
Locals believe your dreams will come true if you cook some black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Jazz it up with some parang, a form of folk music used during the holidays for good luck, and nothing will stand in your way the next year.
5. Make A New Year’s Resolution
Making resolutions for the new year may appear to be a relatively new fad, but the tradition is quite old – and possibly stretches back more than 4,000 years.
Historians say the Babylonians, one of the first societies to commemorate the turning of the year, made promises to repay debts or return borrowed things.
You can do it if they can. Do you need assistance determining your 2023 goal? We’ve got lots of doable New Year’s resolution ideas ready and waiting for you.
6. Make Lots Of Noise
If you’ve ever wondered why noisemakers are so popular on New Year’s Eve, it’s not simply because they’re entertaining.
According to folklore from around the world, loud sounds can ward off evil spirits (for example, the traditional Chinese New Year firecrackers, which are customarily celebrated in late January or early-to-mid February).
So, cheer, yell, let off fireworks, and smash pots and pans for fun and fate.
7. Break Some Plates
Danish New Year’s Eve tradition entails smashing up as much flatware as possible. According to tradition, breaking the dishes does not bring good luck in the new year.
The number of shattered plates you find on your doorway on New Year’s Day determines your luck for the coming year.
Neighbors knock on each other’s doors, shattering plates on their doorsteps. The more smashed-up dishes you find at your door the next day, the more friends and riches you can anticipate to come your way, according to the lore behind this ceremony.
8. Kiss A Loved One
This one is undoubtedly familiar to you. When the clock strikes midnight, you are meant to kiss someone you care about. It’s not simply about snatching a kiss.
According to the Washington Post, the tradition originated in English and German folklore when it was believed that “the first person with whom a person came into contact dictated the year’s destiny.” Pick your buddy wisely!
9. At Midnight, Eat Soba Noodles
In Japan, buckwheat soba noodles are sometimes eaten at midnight to see out the old year and welcome in the new. What’s the reason? According to CNN, consuming the noodles will bring about longevity and riches.
10. Put On Polka Dots
If visiting the Philippines for New Year’s Eve is on your bucket list, be prepared to witness individuals dressed in polka-dotted outfits. It is believed that wearing polka dots on New Year’s Eve will bring fortune and wealth in the coming year.
Round shapes are associated with prosperity in the Philippines. Coins, after all, are formed like polka dots. With this in mind, as the new year approaches, people surround themselves with round items, from eating round fruits like oranges to more literal depictions like carrying pockets full of cash.
As the calendar changes to a new year, numerous traditions and superstitions provide ways to bring good luck and positive energy into our lives. Wearing polka dots, eating fortunate foods, and embracing cherished customs may all be a fun and meaningful way to commemorate the beginning of a new chapter.
Thanks for reading. I hope you find it helpful.