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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

What New Year's Traditions Do You Celebrate?

The best way to start off the New Year has many examples. Growing up in Louisiana, we always ate turnip greens, cabbage and black-eyed peas for good luck. If you throw a little pork in with any of them, it would increase your luck throughout the year. Mix it together in different combinations and you have Hoppin' John. The greens and cabbage, of course, represent green money and the black-eyed peas represent coins, and you can't go wrong with a little 'golden' cornbread.  Folks with deeper Louisiana roots had King Cake baked with a little baby in it. If you got the piece with the baby, you were assured luck for the new year. And let's not forget about some tamales celebrated in Hispanic culture and beyond!

Hoppin' John - Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock
Hoppin' John - Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock
There are plenty of food related traditions such as eating twelve grapes, one for each month of the year. You can't go wrong with food, though I had never heard of not eating lobster or chicken. According to the tradition, lobsters walk backwards thus reversing your luck and chickens have wings and your luck will fly away. I guess if you can believe in the greens and peas, you might as well believe in this, huh?

I've been halfway around the world but only experienced New Year's Eve in one foreign city and that was Naples, Italy. When I was their in the late 80's, we were warned to be off the streets at midnight as Italians believed in "out with the old." Amongst the sound of fireworks could be heard the thunder of furniture and appliances hitting the streets as the items were tossed off balconies and out doorways. What a way to celebrate though I've read that it's not as celebrated as it was then.

Below are links to some of the more prominent traditions around the world. Do you celebrate a tradition that isn't quite as mainstream?

Country Living - 15 Best New Years Superstitions That Could Bring You Good Luck in 2021