May you all have a wonderful 2017 and we hope to see you at many of the functions that have been planned for January and the up-coming year. This quote by Zero Dean says it all:
May the New Year bring you an abundance of amazing opportunities, beautiful moments and joyful experiences. May your positive actions and attitude inspire others. May you be brave enough to take on and overcome rewarding challenges. May you find yourself in high spirits and excellent health. May you love with all your heart and find peace in even the most turbulent of times. May the love you give always find its way back to you multiplied. And may you forever be filled with the hope and strength necessary to make your dreams become a reality.
New Years Customs Around the Globe
Many New Year customs that we take for granted actually date from ancient times. This year, ring out the old and ring in the new with a New Year tradition—or two!
Make Some Noise
In ancient Thailand, guns were fired to frighten off demons. In China, firecrackers routed the forces of darkness.
In the early American colonies, the sounds of pistol shots rang through the air. Today, Italians let their church bells peal, the Swiss beat drums, and the North Americans sound sirens and party horns to bid the old year farewell.
Eat Lucky Food
Many New Year’s traditions surround food. In the southern US, black-eyed peas and pork foretell good fortune.
Eating any ring-shaped treat (such as a donut) symbolizes “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune. In Dutch homes, fritters called olie bollen are served. The Irish enjoy pastries called bannocks. The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight comes from Spain. In India and Pakistan, rice promises prosperity. Apples dipped in honey are a Rosh Hashanah tradition. In Swiss homes, dollops of whipped cream, symbolizing the richness of the year to come, are dropped on the floors (and allowed to remain there!)
Give a Gift
New Year’s Day was once the time to swap presents. Gifts of gilded nuts or coins marked the start of the new year in Rome. Eggs, the symbol of fertility, were exchanged by the Persians. Early Egyptians traded earthenware flasks.
In Scotland, coal, shortbread and silverware were traditionally exchanged for good luck.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
In Scotland, the custom of first-footing is an important part of the celebration of Hogmanay, or New Year’s Eve Day. This practice holds that the first foot to cross a threshold after midnight will predict the next year’s fortune. Although the tradition varies, those deemed especially fortunate as “first footers” are new brides, new mothers, those who are tall and dark (and handsome?) or anyone born on January 1.
I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year.