5 Most Common New Year Traditions
The year 2013 is slowly bidding goodbye as we are only left with a few days before we embrace 2014 in our lives. The start of the year is usually an exciting day for everyone. For some, following a set of traditions or superstitious gestures help. Let us take a look at the 5 most common New Year traditions around the globe:
- Eating long noodles. Asians prefer to eat stir-fried noodles while Western people would definitely choose spaghetti among the other pasta dishes. Long noodles are to be eaten during the first day of the year. Why? Because people believe that noodles signify long life. Noodles are never to be broken or shortened during the cooking process that is why it is the food that best signifies long life.
- Black-Eyed Peas. No, definitely not the singers but the type of pea that looks like a dime or penny. Traditionally, black-eyed peas are served in a dish called Hoppin’ John. Comically, the leftover Hoppin’ John becomes Skippin’ Jenny on the day after New Year. The food means demonstrating frugality and prosperity in the coming year.
- Paying off bills. We all want to start fresh in the next 365 days of our lives. If you are still in debt on the day of the New Year, it is believed that you will pay your debts all year long. It feels very uncomfortable to know that you still have things being left behind if you can’t be able to start with a fresh slate.
- Working on the first day of the year. Traditions say that you should work on the first day of the year. However, this should not be taken literally. Some people say that in this context, you should “work” through doing the things that you are good at. Working on something that you love or you are best at will make you productive the whole year. However, you should always remember to not “overwork” for you will also overwork all year long.
- Making loud noises. Make loud noises as much as possible. Turn up the volume of the television or the radio or honk until your horns sound rough already. Through making noises, it is believed that you are not just celebrating -- you are also scaring away the evil spirits. Notice why spirits and other evil things come during the wee hours of the day in films? Some say that evil spirits are most present during the silent times of the day. Making noises for warding off evil spirits is also the reason why church bells are rung during the celebration of New Year.
Basically, everything that you do on the first day of the year is the things that you will do on the next 364 days. Doing positive things on the start of the year will condition your mind that you should start anew.
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