New Year Traditions and Customs and Where They Come From
We all love New Year because we know what to expect. Of course, there is always the risk of something unforeseen occurring due to drinking too many glasses of bubbly but you will be forgiven – after all, it’s New Year’s Eve!
The most important part of New Year is to get together with your family and for friends. You want to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the New Year, just the same as every year. The New Year is like an old friend that keeps on coming back. You feel comfortable every time you and your old new friend get reacquainted.
You and everyone else carry out the same rituals every New Year but nobody seems to know why. It would come as a surprise to know that even the most ordinary New Year rituals come from very old superstitions.
New Year is when you get all dressed up in your new gear. Whether it is for New Year’s morning or evening, you are excited about buying and wearing a brand new outfit. The wearing of new clothes comes from the old belief that if you do not, you will not be getting any more new clothes throughout the year. Now that is a superstition no modern woman wants to mess with.
Remember how your great-aunts would hold their fingers up to see which way the wind blew on New Year’s Eve? It may have seemed hilarious to all the kids but they knew that wind blowing from the east would bring some bad luck. Wind blowing from the south would bring money and happiness and would no wind at all (if only).
Food at a New Year’s Eve party is very important. To this day, many people still put out a bowl of black eyed peas or a dish made of black eyed peas. They do it just because their parents and grandparents did it. If you had to ask them why they did it, they probably would not know. It stems from an ancient belief that eating the peas would bring you good luck Well, it is a good way to get the kids eating a most healthy pulse.
So, why do we all make a huge amount of noise as the clock strikes midnight? I hear you say because it is a p-a-r-t-y and everybody is h-a-p-p-y! Yes, all true but it is also from an old superstition that making a loud, loud noise at this time will scare away all the evil spirits – whooooo!
Then there is the one ritual we all eagerly await – the New Year’s kiss. This is when you get the chance to snog the one you fancy because there is a good reason, no guilt. Even this pleasant ritual is the result of an old belief i.e. if you do not kiss someone at midnight, on New Year’s Eve, your year will be without any affection – brrrr, better kiss as much as possible.
Well, this New Year’s Eve you can carry out all the same old rituals that make the return of this event so happy and enjoyable but this time you will know why.