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Superstition Series: New Year's Eve Superstitions and Rituals

Updated on December 29, 2015

The last day of the year is commonly known as New Year's Eve, and celebrated around the world at fancy balls, festive parties and casual house ceremonies. Legend has it that the celebration of the end of the old year began in 999, when people, fearing the end of the world in the new millennium, pompously celebrated their last day. Thankfully, the prophecy has not come true, so the party lasted until dawn. And that's how we celebrate today!

New Year's Eve Superstitions

On New Year's Eve even the biggest skeptics can't help but get carried away by mysterious magic and customs.

There are a few rules that you should follow the last day of the year, to make sure your new year will be as successful as possible. Why tempt fate, it doesn't hurt to follow some of them! Just don't take it too seriously... And if you don't believe in any of this, that's OK too, do it for fun!

Christmas Figurines at Wilburton Inn, Manchester, VT.
Christmas Figurines at Wilburton Inn, Manchester, VT. | Source

10 Rules to Follow on New Year's Eve:

1. Try to pay off all of your debts and outstanding bills. Settle obligations, so you will not drag anything behind. That is ALWAYS a good idea!

2. Make sure your fridge is fully stocked, to protect yourself from poverty. Pick up some yummies, to make sure you will have a lot of good eats next year!

3. On the morning of New Year's Eve and New Year's it is good to wash your face in a bowl of water with some coins in it - to keep your wallet full in the new year. I do it every year!

4. Before going out on New Year's Eve put some Christmas carp scales in your wallet - it has to be an odd number - to ensure stable finances in the new year. It sounds kind of nasty, but when the scales are clean, they really don't smell like fish anymore.

5. Before the New Year throw out everything that went wrong, broke, torn, or simply got old. Get rid of clothes you no longer wear. (Donate!)

6. Insert some money in your right shoe, before going out - the greater bill nomination the better! A hundred dollar bill will not hurt you in the dance more than a ten dollar bill, but its magical power is ten times bigger! This will ensure you a steady flow of cash throughout the year.

Wilburton Inn, Manchester, VT.
Wilburton Inn, Manchester, VT. | Source

7. On the last night of the year forget about dieting! Have a tasty dinner and fill up, to help ensure success and prosperity in the new year. After midnight, get a new supply of food on the table.

8. Try to memorize your dreams. I know, it isn't easy, but it's worth it! Those of the next twelve nights after New Year's will tell you about what is going to happen in the next twelve months.

9. Observe the weather closely between Christmas and the feast of the Three Kings (January 6th), and you will be able to predict the aura for the whole year. Isn't that just awesome??? Every next day is a prediction for every next month. For example, if the sun shines on December 25, you can expect sunny January.

10. And the most important rule: you have to be in a great mood, because how is the New Year - that is how the entire year will be! So let's do it right! Do not argue or fight and be nice to others.


© 2012 Agnes


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    • Monis Mas profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing it!!!! I am so glad you enjoyed reading my hub!

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Some of these are quite funny, especially number 3. I'm going to try number 8 though. I'm not very good at remembering my dreams but I'll give it a go anyway. Thanks for posting this entertaining hub. Voted up, funny, intereresting and shared on Twitter.

    • Monis Mas profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you Bill! Things like these make our lives just a little less boring! Merry Christmas to your and yours!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good rules to live by. Merry Christmas!


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