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By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

Happy New Year!

There’s A World Of Ways To Start The New Year

 

December 30, 2021



A little luck never hurt anyone. Here is how to usher in 2022 with good luck traditions from around the world. Some practices require a little planning but others are quite simple.

One of the simplest traditions to let the old year out and help the new year in is to just open the doors and windows. This popular superstition will let the old year out and welcome in the new year.

Another simple and easy tradition from Puerto Rico: Dump a bucket of water (or a glass of water will work) out the window – it drives evil spirits away and signifies leaving the past behind. Then sprinkle sugar outside the house to invite good luck in.

According to Spanish tradition, a lucky year will be guaranteed if you eat 12 grapes, one at each stroke of midnight.

Don’t stop with just grapes but many cultures encourage eating round-shaped fruits on New Year’s Eve hence leading obviously to prosperity.

Making a fish dish for the new year is popular because fish only swim in one direction – forward like the movement of time.

Don’t forget the noisemakers for your New Year’s Eve celebration. The loud noises and sounds drive off evil spirits, according to lore from around the world.

And finally, making a New Year’s resolution is an ancient tradition, dating back over 4,000 years to the Babylonians. The Babylonian resolutions usually included paying debts or returning borrowed objects.

According to experts, more than half of all resolutions fail, but your resolution doesn’t have to fail because you have luck on your side.

 
 

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