New Year’s Day: In With The New

NewYearsEveAfter you successfully whisk out the old year, it’ll be time soon to “ring in the new.”  Here are some traditional ways to assure you’ll have a happy new year:

  • Superstition says that what you do in the first moments and hours of the New Year will set the precedent for what happens throughout the rest of the coming year. This is why you want to kiss at the stroke of midnight [preferably someone you care about]: it insures their continued affection and loyalty for the next twelve months.
  • The Spanish ritual on New Year’s eve is to eat twelve grapes at midnight, to secure twelve months of happiness.
  • The Scottish celebrate Hogmanay, a rousing all-night street party to ring in the New Year.
  • The Scottish also have a tradition of “first-footing.” Shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve, neighbors pay visits to each other and impart New Year’s wishes. Traditionally, “First Foots” would bring along a gift of coal for the fire, or shortbread. It is considered especially lucky if a tall, dark, and handsome man is the first to enter your house after the new year is rung in. [To which, women everywhere say, “DUH.”]
  • You can also assure a fortuitous and prosperous new year by eating special New Year’s foods, which you can find in this next blog post.

Photo credit: Cafe, New Year’s Eve, on Flickr.