New Year TraditionsPosted: 31st of December 2014 by
Different parts of the world engage in different traditions at New Year - most of which though are supposed to bring good luck for the year ahead - find out about a few of these traditions and maybe give one of them a go.
In Scotland, the tradition of first-footing is followed by many. This is the tradition that the first person to cross the threshold (enter the house) after midnight is a male; he must bring with him an item of food and a gift (it used to be coal often) these offerings are supposed to offer a guarantee that the household will have plenty of food and plenty of warmth (in the case of coal) for the year ahead.
Good Luck Food
In Italy there is a tradition of eating sausages and lentils - they represent abudance and wealth for the upcoming year. They also have a strange tradition of wearing red underwear (male and female) to guarantee good fertility.
The Twelve Grapes of Luck
Dating back to 1895 in Spain they have the tradition of eating the twelve grapes of luck - as the clock strikes midnight one grape is eaten for each clock strike- this is supposed to bring good luck and apparently the sweeter the grape the sweeter the upcoming year will be.
In Finland there is a tradition called tin casting - each guest is given a small piece of tin shaped as a horseshoe. This is melted and then poured into cold water - the resulting shape and shadow is then interpretted and used to predict the upcoming year's events. If the tin breaks up into pieces this is supposed to be a sign of bad luck for the upcoming year.
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