New Year Superstitions
People across the globe trust in certain superstitions related to New Year’s Day. Underlying idea behind most of these superstitions is that events occurring on New Year’s Day sets the pattern for the rest of the year. According to customs prevalent in their society, people perform auspicious acts to invite Lady Luck and ward off evil. Given here are some of the most astonishing and popular New Year Superstitions:
Wear New Clothes
People believe that one should wear new clothes on a New Year’s Day. This would mean receiving more new garments during the year. 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.
It is said that one should avoid breaking things or crying and wailing on the first day of the year, if you don’t want to continue the pattern for the entire year.
People say that one should behave nicely on New Year and must refrain from using foul language. Ghost stories and conversations on death should also be avoided.
Lucky New Year Babies
Babies born on 1st January is said to be the luckiest of all throughout their lives.
Don’t Let Money Leave the House
In several countries, people do not let money, jewelry, precious items or other invaluable things leave home on New Year Day. Hence it is said that one should not pay loans and bills or lend things to anybody. People go to the extent of not taking out garbage or even not dusting their carpets on this day to ensure that nothing goes out of home during the year. If you have to deliver presents on New Year morning, it is advised to leave them in the car since New Year Eve on December 31st. In case you must take something out from the home, let someone come with the present inside the home first.
Letting the Old Year Out
At midnight, all the doors of a house must be opened to let the old year escape unimpeded.
Stack Up Cupboards and Wallets
It is believed that cupboards stocked up with food and wallets and purses full of money bring prosperity in New Year. Similarly, empty pockets or empty cupboards on New Years Eve portend a year of poverty.
Do not Wash Dishes
In several societies washing dishes and doing laundry on New Year’s day is said to lead to a death in the family during the year. Many people do not even wash hair on New Year day.
Do Token Amount of Work
It is said that one must do token amount of work on the New Year’s Day. This is said to ensure advancement in career. But starting out a serious work project is unlucky on New Year Day.
People believe that Evil One and his attendants and servants hate din and loud noise. So, scare them away by being as loud in New Year celebrations as possible. Church bells are rung at midnight for the same reason.
Don’t Keep Debts
Pay your bills and loans before New Year Eve, so you don’t have any debt left for New Year.
Eat Black-Eyes Peas
In Southern part of the United States it is said that 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.
Kiss at Midnight
It is believed that kissing at midnight ensures that affections and ties will continue throughout the New Year. On similar lines, it is said, to not do this would be to set the stage for a year of coldness.
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 came bearing certain small gifts.
The Direction of Wind
The direction of wind during sunrise on New Year morning prophesies about the coming year. Wind from south foretells fine weather and prosperous times ahead while wind from north foretells bad weather. Wind blowing from east foretells natural calamities and wind from 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.
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.
Find 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.
Drain the Bottle
You could ensure yourself good fortune by draining the last dregs from a bottle of drink on New Years!