New Year S Traditions

The New Year”s Eve and New Year”s Day holidays come with many yearly traditions. Every year, people come up with New Year”s resolutions to better themselves in the year to come. Resolution-makers commonly vow to quit smoking, lose weight or save money in the upcoming year.

At midnight on New Year”s Eve, party-goers share a kiss with their date or loved one. Whoever you kiss at midnight on New Year”s Eve will be with you throughout the year, according to New Year”s mythology.

New Year”s traditions also include annual events, such as the Tournament of Roses Parade, the dropping of the ball in Times Square in New York and First Night celebrations in cities throughout the United States.

Many traditions can be traced back over years, decades or even centuries. Resolution-making dates back to the Babylonians in approximately 2000 B.C. The Tournament of Roses Parade, which takes place in Pasadena, Calif., and is watched by people throughout the country, became a yearly event in 1886.

Other New Year”s traditions include a number of superstitions. Many people don”t realize that when they set off fireworks, use noisemakers and blow whistles at midnight on New Year”s Eve, they are doing so because early New Year”s observers thought that the noise would frighten away evil spirits.

New Year”s traditions even extend to food. Some people believe that eating certain foods on New Year”s Day will bring luck, prosperity and good fortune in the New Year. These foods include:

  • black-eyed peas
  • cabbage leaves
  • hog jowls or ham
  • ring-shaped foods (such as donuts or bagels).

Our New Year”s tradition articles cover all aspects of New Year”s Eve and New Year”s Day traditions, including annual events, myths surrounding New Year”s, New Year”s superstitions, New Year”s food traditions and more.

New Year”s Practices and Traditions

Many people follow New Year”s traditions without even realizing it. Making New Year”s resolutions is a popular New Year”s tradition, as are making noise and watching the ball drop at midnight on New Year”s Eve.

For a number of people, finding a date for a New Year”s party is an absolute must to avoid being without someone to kiss at midnight.

Throwing New Year”s parties, providing noisy party favors, toasting, midnight kisses, resolutions and more are all popular New Year”s practices and traditions.

New Year”s Superstitions

New Year”s superstitions cover every aspect of the New Year”s holiday: what to eat, when to come and go, things to do and more. Most New Year”s superstitions revolve around the belief that certain actions or practices will bring good luck in the New Year and state that failure to follow certain practices will bring a year of bad luck and misery.

Many New Year”s superstitions have died out over the years, but quite a few are still taken seriously.

According to New Year”s legend, black-eyed peas should be eaten for good luck on New Year”s Day, nothing should leave a home, debts should be paid and homes and wallets should begin the year well-stocked. These are just a few popular New Year”s superstitions.

Resources

Wilstar.com (2007). Happy New Year! Retrieved September 26, 2007, from the Wilstar.com Web site: http://wilstar.com/holidays/newyear.htm.