One should behave nicely on New Year’s Day and must refrain from using foul language. Ghost stories and conversations on death should also be avoided.
A tradition common to the southern states of the U.S. dictates that the eating
of black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will attract both general good luck and
money in particular to the one doing the dining. Some choose to add other
southern fare (such as ham hocks, collard greens, or cabbage) to this tradition,
but the black-eyed peas are key.
Avoid breaking things on the first day lest wreckage be part of your year.
Avoid crying on the first day of the year lest that set the tone for the next 12 months.
Dance in the Open Air
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.
Drain the Bottle
Ensure yourself good fortune by draining the last dregs from a bottle of drink on New Year’s Day!
One must never leave the home before someone comes in first. 'First footer' in the house should be ushered in with a warm welcome and should not have flat feet, cross-eyes or eyebrows stretching out to meet in the middle. It would be even better if he/she came bearing certain small gifts.
On New Year’s Day if, on rising, a girl should look out of her bedroom window and see a man passing by, she may reckon to be married before the year is finished.
Kissing At Midnight
We kiss those dearest to us at midnight not only to share a moment of
celebration with our favourite people, but also to ensure those affections and
ties will continue throughout the next 12 months. To fail to smooch our
significant others at the stroke of 12 would be to set the stage for a year of
Letting the Old Year Out
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.
Make as much noise as possible at midnight. You’re not just celebrating – you’re
scaring away evil spirits, so do a good job of it.
Babies born on January 1st are said to be the luckiest of all throughout their lives.
In several countries people don’t let money, jewelry, precious items or other valuable things
leave home on New Year’s Day. 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.
Some go to the extent of not taking out garbage, or not dusting their carpets
on this day to ensure that nothing goes out of home during the year. If you must take something out from the home, let someone come (with the present) inside the home first.
Wear something new January 1st to increase the likelihood of receiving more new
garments during the year to follow. Red clothing is preferred for New Year’s Day since red is considered a happy colour and is sure to attract, for the wearer, a brighter future.
Nothing Goes Out
Nothing – absolutely nothing, not even garbage – is to leave the house on the
first day of the year. If you have presents to deliver on New Year’s Day, leave
them in the car overnight. Don’t so much as take out a rug or take the empties
to the recycle bin. Some people soften this rule by saying it’s okay to remove
things from the home on New Year’s Day provided something else has been brought
in first; the year must begin with something being added to the home before
anything is subtracted.
Paying Off Bills
The New Year should not be begun with the household in debt, so cheques should
be written and mailed off prior to January 1. Likewise, personal debts should be
settled before the New Year arrives.
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. Empty pockets or empty cupboards on New Year’s Eve portend a year of poverty.
Examine the weather in the early hours of New Year’s Day. If the wind blows from
the south, there will be fine weather and prosperous times in the year ahead. If
it comes from the north, it will be a year of bad weather. Wind blowing from the east foretells natural calamities, and wind from the west foretells plenty of milk and fish for all, but death of a person of great national importance. No wind means joy and prosperity throughout the year.
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. Also, do not do the laundry on
New Year’s Day, lest a member of the family be ‘washed away’ (die) in the
upcoming months. The more cautious eschew washing dishes. Many people don’t wash hair on New Year’s day.
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds. - Edmund Burke
New Year's Day is every man's birthday. - Charles Lamb
The New Year begins in a snow-storm of white vows. - George William Curtis
When I go I'll take New Year's Eve with me. - Guy Lombardo
That ain't superstition - that's self-perservation. - Archie Bunker
Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. - Oprah Winfrey
It wouldn't be New Year's if I didn't have regrets. - William Thomas
I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's. - Henry Moore
Every man regards his own life as the New Year’s Eve of time. - Jean Paul Richter
He who breaks a resolution is a weakling. He who makes one is a fool. - F.M. Knowles
And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. - Rainer M. Rilke
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions! - Joey Adams
Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits. - Unknown
Your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. - Abraham Lincoln
Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it's twice as onerous a duty. - John Selden
Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. - Adam Smith
A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. - Unknown
I have only one superstition. I make sure I touch all bases when I hit a home run. - Babe Ruth
Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. - Oscar Wilde
Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science. - Henry David Thoreau
The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses. - Francis Bacon
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. - John Burroughs
The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. - G K Chesterton
But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty? I live according to twenty-year-old habits. - Andre Gide
New Year's Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot. Unless, of course, those tests come back positive. - Jay Leno
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. - Benjamin Franklin
Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to. - Bill Vaughan
Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year's resolutions, and I've stuck with it ever since. - Dave Beard
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. - Bill Vaughan
An individual starts off by facing his problem with resolution, but a convention saves the resolution for the end. - Unknown
When the mind has once begun to yield to the weakness of superstition, trifles impress it with the force of conviction. - Ann Radcliffe
From New Year's on the outlook brightens; good humor lost in a mood of failure returns. I resolve to stop complaining. - Leonard Bernstein
New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. - James Agate
New Year's Day ... now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. - Mark Twain
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