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Happy New Year: Traditions and Beliefs

Updated on December 29, 2011

We're about to ring in a new year! Goodbye, 2011! Hello, 2012!

With the new year just around the corner, I would like to share some traditions and beliefs that a lot of people hold in this part of the world. Some are meant to bring in luck, while some are meant to bring in money. Now, I'm not claiming that these are true. They are just beliefs. But, sometimes, who knows, right? ;)


1. Put 7 coins in a small bag (or basket) on the doorknob of your main door. This is meant to bring in more money for the new year.

2. Never leave your wallet empty. Always leave a dollar, or even a penny, in your wallet. This is so you NEVER run out of money.

3. Wear polka dots (to symbolize wealth).

4. Place 7 round fruits on your dinner table. This is meant to symbolize a fruitful year.

5. Leave ALL the lights in your house on as you ring in the new year. (Of course, this should be done only if you are at home.) :) This is meant to make your new year bright.

6. Make loud noises (fireworks, trumpet, play music, etc) as you ring in the new year. This is meant to drive the evil spirits or negative energy away.

7. Jump! So you can reach new heights. :) For kids, this is meant to make them grow taller. For adults.. well, we can't get any taller, but it's still fun to jump. :)

8. Clean the house before the new year. This is so you have a clean house all-year round.

9. Stock the fridge so you have a bountiful year.

10. It is believed that whatever you are doing once the new year strikes, that is what you will be doing a lot of for the next year. hmm... be wise and have fun! :)



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    • alocsin profile image

      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I wasn't aware of these customs. I'm wondering where they originate from. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • Sherry Hewins profile image

      Sherry Hewins 6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I like these suggestions. I have never been much of one for resolutions, I think when we are ready to change why wait for January, and I've given up the traditional Jan 1 hangover. But these are nice easy symbolic things to mark a new beginning. Thank you, Happy New Year