Superstition is something we encounter every day: You should pick only Mondays for all new beginnings, or brides should have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
Superstition tells us that bad luck arrives when a black cat crosses your path, you break a mirror, or you walk under a ladder. On Friday the 13th something is bound to go wrong.
People around the world celebrate New Years’ with rituals thought to bring good luck and prosperity. Especially prepared food is one such ritual. In the South, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring good luck, prosperity, and money. At exactly 12 o’clock, Spanish people have a custom of eating 12 grapes – one for all 12 months of the year to come. Greek people eat a specially prepared cake with a coin in it – for happiness and good luck the next year. The first piece is for baby Jesus, the second for the father of the house, and the third for the home. If the coin is found in the third slice the family can look forward to happiness throughout the whole year.
In Britain, traditional New Year gifts are coal for the fire, bread for the table, and a drink for the master’s house. Brazilians wear white clothes on New Year’s Eve and if they want good luck they have to jump seven waves and throw flowers in the sea. Some people believe that if you put a citrus seed in your wallet, that assures that your wallet will never be empty. Large grapefruit seeds are preferred, placed in the paper money compartment!!!
Filipino people scatter coins all over and around the house to have money in the coming year. If you have Danish friends, don’t be alarmed to see them stand on a chair and jump into the New Year just at midnight. This symbolizes the hope for a better time and eases the transition from old to new.
We all need a good, workable superstition to transition from 2020 to 2021!!