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Traditions and Superstitions for New Year - always worth a try.
New Year is steeped in tradition and superstition. This is geared toward
the following year being the best one yet. And who'd turn their noses up at that?
Personally I'll try anything.
The general idea is to start the year off as you intend to go on. A good beginning ensures a good year to follow.
Attitude counts. Anything we say and do on New Years Eve - to family, neighbours, friends, enemies, will reflect our lifestyle in the coming year.
Imagine this scenario; you’re the life and soul of the party. You’re charming, adorable, generous, witty, - okay, there’s a good chance 2013 will sizzle.
Alternatively, a grump who complains –the beer is warm, the food is foul, can’t stand all that kissing business - I’m going home to the dog who is better company than this lot. (do I know this person?) Sorry, that’s 365 troubled days ahead for you.
Hold on, there’s more. Much more.
1. Before the new year can be celebrated the bad vibes of the old one must be swept and cleaned away. Literally. I know. Boring. But that's what superstition says. Painting, polishing , sweeping, vacuuming your home ensures you mean business. You are ready for a brand new beginning.
2. Did you borrow anything during the year and sort of forgot to return it? Now is the time to do so, don’t delay. This custom dates back to the early Babylonians who were fanatical about returning borrowed farm equipment before midnight on Dec 31st.. Nowadays, its books, clothes, handbags, money, the lover – hand them all back immediately.
3. Any debts must be paid before midnight. - Oh yeah. What about the mortgage and the overdraft? I suggest paying the installment on time. It confirms we're making an effort.
4. Want to be well heeled in 2013? And enjoy gourmet food? I know. Silly question. The answer is to make sure your cupboards are well stocked on new year’s eve.. And most importantly have some money jingling in your pocket. Real money. Remember, the stuff we used before some bright spark invented plastic.
5. All outstanding business must be concluded before Jan 1st. Otherwise it will drag on throughout the year and never be resolved..
I know all this sounds tough but I assure you, I didn't make the rules.
Blame Janus, the Roman god of doorways. He has two heads to
symbolize the past and future and presides over new beginnings. He's
an old grouch too. Trust me.
Ready or Not
Okay. Everything should be in order. Now to that midnight hour. It's one minute past twelve. Be prepared. Remember, the first person to enter your home is important. He’s bringing in your New Year and representing your future. Yes, I said He. Well, don’t blame me, I didn’t make the rules As for the dark hair- this probably harks back to the days of the Vikings, when a fair haired stranger appearing in the middle of the night probably bore bad news.
I know this is politically incorrect but tradition demands a healthy, wealthy, dark haired, charismatic, male. He must also have perfect feet.. Yep feet. He's the first footer see. The first foot over the doorstep..
On no account must he be cross eyed or have eyebrows that meet in the middle.
Warning. The most unlucky first footer would be a blonde female with flat feet, corns and bad eyesight. ( is this why I’m banned from the ushering in ceremony?)
I admit the choosing of this particular male is causing me some dilemma. With respect to my friends and relatives, no one seems suitable. Anyone know what Hugh Jackman is doing for New Year eve?
Anyway, when he arrives he must be carrying some coal. This must be burned to destroy any evil influences left from the old year. In the absence of a roaring fire, chuck it on the barbie.
He must also bring bread - for life. Well, that's certainly useful. A handful of salt - for hospitality. I can handle that. A sheaf of corn - for fertility. Thanks but no thanks. He also brings a bottle of whisky. At last it's getting interesting.
He wishes everybody a happy new year and kisses all the females. If Hugh Jackman is reading this – why not join us Hugh?
Now it’s all sorted. Wassail away. Enjoy. You've done all the right things - for the moment.
Sorry. There’s More
I should mention New Year's Day has some customs of its own.
When you look out of your window on January 1st the first thing you see can be an omen.
Spotting a guy with his arms full is good luck. Hopefully it's the partner clearing up the debris. That would certainly be good luck.
Seeing a swaggie or a grave digger is not a good idea.
Watch your pets. If an animal is sitting facing your house - luck will be with you. Don't look if it has it's back to you.,
In Germany an old New Year custom was to drop molten lead into cold water. The shape it indicated suggested the occupation of a girls future husband. You can see why this went out of favour. Anyway, who has time to molt lead?
The Swiss would eat whipped cream letting some drop on the floor to signify plenty. And, assuring carpet cleaners of a prosperous new year.
Well, that's all folks. Hope it works for you. Fingers crossed. And Happy New Year.