Celebrating the New Year with Traditions to Bring Love and Luck!

Celebrating the New Year dates back to Babylon around 2000BC (4,000 years ago).  The Babylonian New year began with the First New Moon after the Vernal Equinox, a time of planting and rebirth.  Jan. 1 has no real astronomical or agricultural meaning.  In 46BC, Julius Caesar established January 1 as New Year’s Day.  This day was dedicated to Janus the god of gates, doors and beginnings.  Janus (who January was named for) had two faces, one looking forward and one looking back.

Cultures all over the world celebrate the New Year with diverse traditions and superstitions.

Here are a few of my favorites….

  • Sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ at Midnight**
  • Pay off Bills/Debt before the first of the year (no debt in the new year)
  • Wear new clothes on Jan. 1 (so you will get more new garments in the coming year)
  • Fill your Cabinets with food before 1/1. (Never be hungry in the new year)
  • Place money in every wallet (for prosperity)
  • A tall dark haired man should be the first visitor to your home (lucky)
  • Christmas Tree bonfires (purge the old) -Netherlands
  • Ring bells 108 times (chase away troubles)-Japan
  • Make loud noises at midnight (drive away evil spirits)
  • Do some work on 1/1 (brings success)
  • Eat 12 grapes at midnight (12 months of happiness)-Spain
  • Midnight Kiss (good relationships)

In Greece, New Year’s Day is also the Feast of Saint Basil. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, St. Basil fills children’s shoes with gifts

Foods that bring luck when eaten on New Year’s Day

  • Black-Eyed Peas*
  • Cabbage
  • Pork
  • Rice
  • Circular Food like a doughnut (symbolizes coming full circle)

*Black-Eyed Peas Recipe

  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 3 C chopped onions
  • 4 chopped garlic cloves
  • 15 oz vegetable stock
  • 4 C dry black-eyed peas
  • 5 C water (use more if needed)
  • 2 15oz cans whole tomatoes
  • 3 T. tomato paste
  • 2 T. dark brown sugar

Heat oil in a large pot (high heat)
Sauté onions and garlic until the onions are translucent
Add remaining ingredients
Bring to a boil.
Turn the heat to low and simmer for 2 hours or until the peas are tender. (Add water if necessary)
Salt & Pepper to taste

**Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And there’s a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

Related Post – Yoga pose for New Year’s Day – Gate Pose

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