Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What Do Clementines, Red Undies, and Bubbly Have In Common?

new year traditions

Growing up, I remember us kids would be so excited to stay up on new years eve to bang pots and pans at midnight on the front porch – that's the thing about traditions, you follow them without knowing why exactly we do them. It turns out noisemakers, horns, and clanging pots and pans is meant to ward off evil spirits.

A tradition that most everyone takes part in is the midnight kiss. Whether it's a significant other or a friendly peck on the cheek, grab someone and plant one on – not doing so will ensure a year of loneliness ... so goes the tradition. 

Just as popular is toasting to the new year. Clinking glasses is what started the term "ring in the new year" and was also meant to ward off the evil spirits.

Perhaps not as popular is colorful underwear. It's said that wearing certain colors can determine your year ahead ... yellow is meant to bring prosperity and success, red is said to bring love and romance, green brings health and well-being, and white, peace and harmony. Hey, it's worth a try!

Before midnight, place a coin or dollar bill outside your front door – either under a doormat or in the mailbox. Bring the money inside new years day to symbolize incoming wealth in the new year.

Serving round foods like cake, cookies, and clementines on new years eve signifies the old year coming to an end and the fresh start of a new year.  
Whatever your plans or traditions, have a safe and happy new year!

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1 comment:

  1. This is so fun!!! I want to do all of these things! Thanks for sharing!