Here are a few Superstitions to keep in mind:
Kiss at Midnight
It is believed that kissing at midnight ensures that affections and ties will continue throughout the New Year. On similar lines, it is said, to not do this would be to set the stage for a year of coldness.
Don’t Keep Debts
Pay your bills and loans before New Year Eve, so you don’t have any debt left for New Year.
Dance in the Open Air
To dance in the open air, especially round a tree, on New Year’s Day ensures luck in love and prosperity and freedom from ill health during the coming twelve months.
Drain the Bottle
You could ensure yourself good fortune by draining the last dregs from a bottle of drink on New Years!
Do Token Amount of Work
It is said that one must do token amount of work on the New Year’s Day. This is said to ensure advancement in career. But starting out a serious work project is unlucky on New Year Day.
1. Many Latin Americans believe wearing yellow underwear on New Year’s Eve brings the person good luck the following year. The yellow underwear supposedly brings happiness, or money, depending on which country you are from.
2.Walking around the block, or down the stairs, with a suitcase means you’ll have a year with plenty of travel. Always dreamt of taking that dream vacation? Maybe lugging a suitcase will help you out next year.
3. Filling up a cup with water and tossing it onto the front yard means less tears the following year. Puerto Ricans believe throwing buckets of water out the window cleans the old year out.
4. Latinos believe holding cash in hand or in their pocket when the clock strikes 12 bring them financial success the coming years.
5. Making loud noises – like beating pots and pans or setting off firecrackers – at midnight, supposedly scares away negative energies and evil spirits.
6. Sharing – like bringing something to the New Years Eve Party, keeps friendships alive. Sharing is Caring.
While you are lazing about on the couch, make sure you are eating luck foods:
• Grapes – 12 of them, one for every month of the year
• Pork – because pigs root forward when they eat while chickens scratch backward (and bacon is delicious)
• Black eyed peas – here’s a good luck recipe that’s quite tasty and gets you your black-eyed peas and pork all in one meal
• Lentils – which resemble coins
• Greens such as collard greens, chard, cabbage and kale – the folds of the greens resemble money
Many of the foods that are “good” to eat resemble money or have to do with moving forward