I don’t know about ye but, me family had a lot o' traditions when I were bein' growin' up – and I really had no idea where most o' them originated. And swab the deck! Aarrr! We have always celebrated New Year’s Eve as a family. Not just mom, dad, and th' minnows – but local aunt, uncles, cousin, and significant others were always invited.
We all watched th' ball drop on TV. We were supposed t' hold some form o' money in our hands when th' ball dropped, with a chest full of booty. If we were holdin' money that meant we would have money in th' new year.
A slow cooker would be goin' all New Year’s Day filled with pork, sauerkraut, and dumplin's, I'll warrant ye. My family always said it were bein' good luck t' eat pork and saurkraut that day As I found out, many other families in me area had th' same tradition.
Another tradition that always made me giggle were bein', if yer first visitor o' th' New Year were bein' male, ye would have good luck in th' new year. Yaaarrrrr! So, early New Year’s day me grandfather would walk up th' river fer a short visit. Shiver me timbers! My dad would then walk down with that scurvey dog and visit me grandparents at their house. As a kid, I always looked forward t' grandpa comin' t' visit.
Then I moved t' South Carolina and found they had their own set o' traditions, with a chest full of booty. Instead o' pork and saurkraut on New Year’s day they ate black eyed peas, hog jowls, and collard greens, ye scurvey dog. Each chow symbolized somethin'. The collard greens symbolized money, black eye peas and hog jowls symbolized luck and prosperity.
This peaked me interest. What other traditions do other cultures and areas carry out that I don’t know about. Here are just a few I’ve found:
- In Norway it is tradition t' cook rice puddin', avast. 1 almond is placed in th' puddin'. Whoever eats th' puddin' and eats th' almond is guaranteed luck in th' new year.
- In Spain, they eat 12 grapes at th' stroke o' midnight. One fer each o' th' 12 tolls and fer each o' th' upcomin' 12 months fer luck.
- Some Armenians still carry on a tradition o' cookin' Darin, which is a bread kneaded with luck and good wishes before it is baked.
- In Germany, hot lead or hot coals would be dropped into a pot o' cold water. They would attempt t' tell th' future o' th' new year by th' shape th' smoke made when it left th' pot, avast. if it were bein' th' shape o' a heart it could mean love in th' new year, I also found info that said a heart or a rin' would mean a weddin' in th' family in th' new year. The shape o' a ship or vehicle o' some sort would mean a journey in th' new year.
Does yer family have any New Year’s traditions? Yaaarrrrr! Do ye know where they originate, by Blackbeard's sword? I found several articles that offered info on New Year’s traditions from all o'er th' world, includin' New Year’s Resolution Week and Traditions From Around th' World.