New Year’s Day “Lucky Do’s & Don’ts”

New Year’s Day is day of renewal and a chance to live again… in an off world colony.   That last part sounded a little familiar, didn’t it? Oh well, I’m going to keep this short and to the point so as to make sure you get this before the stroke of midnight.  There are some things you can do to up your luck for the new year.  And there are also some things to not do or eat, so as to insure that you do not backslide in 2012.

Start  by eating 12 GRAPES at MIDNIGHT, this tradition originated in Spain.  Each grape should be eaten one at a time, and all should be eaten before the last stroke of midnight.  As you consume each one, each represents a different month in the upcoming new year.   For example, if the third grape you eat is sour, chances are, March may be a not so great month.  So, here is me wishing you all sweet grapes for each and every month.

Greens: Any and all kinds of greens are welcome.  They represent money.  The more greens you eat, the greater your wealth in the new year.

Lentils:  Quite simply, lentils represent coins.  Thereby increasing your chances for great wealth for the new year.

Pork: The custom of eating pork on New Year’s is based on the idea that pigs symbolize progress. The animal pushes forward, rooting itself in the ground before moving.

Fish: Dates back to before refrigeration and fish could be cured and saved.  Herring is usually consumed for fertility, Shrimp for long life, and Sardines for good harvest.

Cakes: With emphasis on the round shape, or ring shape.  Cakes aren’t always round. In Scotland, where New Year’s is called Hogmanay, there is a tradition called “first footing,” in which the first person to enter a home after the new year determines what kind of year the residents will have. The “first footer” often brings symbolic gifts like coal to keep the house warm or baked goods such as shortbread, oat cakes, and a fruit caked called black bun, to make sure the household always has food.

What NOT to eat:
1. Lobster should not be eaten because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks.
2.  Chicken is also discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past.
3.  Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away.

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