My mother always said that what you do on New Year’s day, you will be doing all year-long. Hence, you didn’t want to do something that you wouldn’t want to be doing all year-long. So I say to my pile of ironing on the ironing board, “NOT TODAY!”
We also believe, like the southerners, that black eye peas bring good luck. So I will be eating my share of them today. It may not work, but why test fate?
As I thought of these two superstitions this morning I searched and was surprised to find there were so many that I had never heard of. Here are a few of what I found:
Wear new clothes. According to the superstition this would ensure receiving more new clothes throughout the year.
Avoid crying. Avoid this if you don’t want to continue the pattern.
Never let money leave the house. I am guessing that this is to prevent being poor in the new year.
Dance in the open air. To dance in the open air, especially around a tree, on New Year’s day supposedly insures luck in love and prosperity. It also insures freedom from ill-health during the coming twelve months. (I have never heard of this one, but you may find me dancing outside sometime today around the tree in my front yard).
Full cupboards. It is believed that cupboards stacked full with food, wallets and purses filled with money bring in prosperity.
So what superstitions have you been raised with regarding ringing in the New Year? What will you be doing/avoiding today?
Happy 2013 to you all and I will be back with my regular posts and topics very soon.