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New Year’s Traditions
The traditional kiss at midnight is a given, right? Whether it’s a significant other or the stranger next to you, it is believed that no kiss at midnight will lead to a year of loneliness.
Have you ever wondered about “Auld Lang Syne”? It originated in Scotland and spread from there. A poem turned song about coming together, reflecting on the past, and moving forward to the future. It’s common for everyone to join in a massive sing-along to close out the night.
Watching the ball drop in Times Square is another well-known tradition. It’s likely that we have all counted down and watched the ball drop at least once, especially since it’s widely televised every year. But before there was a ball drop, there were fireworks. Thanks to a ban a few years in, fireworks were out and the ball drop was in.
Fireworks are still a tradition in China. The loud noises are thought to ward off evil spirits and misfortune. Their calendar year is slightly different than ours; Chinese New Year falls on Jan 31, 2014 and marks the beginning of the year of the horse.
Many wish for prosperity & good fortune in the New Year. For Southerners, this is achieved by eating Hoppin’ John, a black-eyed peas-based stew. The peas are thought to symbolize coins. In the Philippines, they wear polka dots & carry coins in their pockets. And in Spain, good luck comes from eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. Each grape signifies a month of good luck.
Color plays a role in these traditions as well. In Latin American countries, the color of your underwear are believed to predict the year ahead. Red symbolizes love & romance, yellow brings prosperity & success, white brings peace & harmony, and green brings health & well-being.
There are countless more traditions, and if yours wasn’t mentioned, please share it with us. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.
Whatever your traditions or beliefs, we would like to wish you a happy new year! May 2014 bring you much success and happiness. Stay safe & celebrate responsibly.