New Year’s Superstitions

Tips for bringing in the New Year

Be Polite
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.

Black-Eyed Peas
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!

First Footing
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.

Future Groom
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 coldness.

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.

Loud Noise
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.

Lucky Babies
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.

New Clothes
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.

Stocking Up
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

Magic: An art of converting superstition into coin - Daffynitions

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

Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. - Helen Keller

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

The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other. - Francis Bacon

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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