Interesting New Year Traditions in the US You May not Know
Interesting New Year Traditions in the US - Photo: Grateful

Each region has its own New Year's traditions and so is the US. Follow this article to explore right now.

New Year’s Champagne Toast

One of the most widely celebrated traditions on New Year’s Eve in the U.S. is the champagne toast after the stroke of midnight to welcome the New Year and bring good luck. The champagne toast at midnight is popular in many other countries and stems from the belief that grapes bring good luck on New Year’s.

Midnight Kiss

Kissing at midnight dates back to ancient Europe, as a way to ward off evil spirits. Kissing was believed to offer blessings and bring people good luck as they entered a new year.

Keep Cash in Your Wallet

One popular New Year’s superstition is to make sure you have cash in your wallet as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s. It is believed that if you have an empty wallet at the start of the New Year, you will have money problems throughout the year, as Worldtravelatlas posts.

“Auld Lang Syne”

“Auld Lang Syne” was first a poem by the 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns. The song means “old long ago” but is also nostalgic because it talks about the love and kindness of days past. It did not become an American tradition until at least 1929, but it seems fitting when saying goodbye to an old year and hello to a new one.

Start the New Year Off Debt-Free

Similar to keeping cash in your wallet, starting the year off with as little debt is possible is another New Year superstition in the US. If you can, start paying off any debts you may have prior to the New Year, so you can start the coming year with a clean slate, so to speak.

Cleaning & De-cluttering Your House

Starting the New Year off with a freshly cleaned home is a common New Year’s superstition in the U.S. as well as other countries. Cleaning and de-cluttering your home helps to clear out any negativity from the past year and also makes room for more positivity to enter your life. If you enjoy aromatherapy, consider using New Years Lucky Scents and essential oils.

Dropping ball

Interesting New Year Traditions in the US You May not Know
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The dropping of the ball at midnight in Times Square was originally ended with a fireworks show. Fireworks were banned at one point, and the hunt began for an equally sparkly alternative. Thus was the beginning of the 700-pound orb that millions watch each year beginning at 11:59 p.m., both in person and on the television.

Resolutions

The first people to make New Year’s resolutions are believed to have been the Babylonians some 4,000 years ago. They were made as promises made to the gods in hopes of having a good year. The Romans followed suit by offering sacrifices and making promises of good conduct to their deity Janus. For Christians, this first day of a new year became a time to reflect on past mistakes and resolve to do better. Today, the religious aspect of resolutions has all but disappeared and most are focused on self-improvement in general.

Setting off Fireworks

Interesting New Year Traditions in the US You May not Know
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Watching a colorful, loud fireworks display is another New Year’s tradition in the United States. The loud noises are believed to ward off evil spirits while you enter the New Year, which is why some people also choose to bang on pots and pans or use other noise-makers at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Wearing New Clothes

A popular New Year’s tradition is to wear new clothing while ringing in the New Year. New clothes are said to symbolize a fresh start to a successful new year. Plus, who doesn’t love a good excuse to buy a new outfit for New Year’s?

Take Your Luggage Around the Block

If you want to travel more in the coming year, a common New Year’s superstition is to pack your suitcase and take it for a walk around the block. This somewhat unusual New Year’s superstition might get you a few strange looks, but it also might increase your chances to go on more trips in the new year!

Black-eyed peas

Interesting New Year Traditions in the US You May not Know
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Black-eyed peas are perhaps the most common and well-known of good luck foods. They are actually a bean, not a pea, and there are different theories as to why they are good luck. One theory is that it was the only thing left behind when Union soldiers raided a Confederate Army food supply. Another is that newly freed slaves celebrated their independence with this food staple — one of the only ones allowed to them.

Pork

Pork has become a good luck food in large part based on how pigs behave. Many animals, such as chickens, scratch backward while pigs bury their snouts in the ground and move forward when eating — and forward is the way you want to head in the New Year. It also helps that pigs are traditionally slaughtered in the fall, which makes it an easy choice for saving and serving on New Year’s. The tradition of eating pork and cabbage on New Year’s Day was apparently brought to America from Germany and Eastern Europe.

Cabbage

For the cabbage tradition on New Year’s Day, part of it is just a timing thing. Harvested in late fall and left to ferment for six to eight weeks means it’s ready just in time for the new year. However, the leafy plant is also believed to bring forth a long life and wealth, according to Times Square Chronicles.

Cake

Different cultures have specific special cakes they serve on New Year’s Day. One commonality among many of them is that they are baked with a special coin or other trinket inside, and the lucky person who gets the piece with it is supposed to have good luck throughout the coming year.

Greens

The color green symbolizes money and prosperity, which is largely why greens can usually be spotted on the meal table on New Year’s Day. Southern tradition also teaches that they can be hung by the door to scare away evil spirits. So, eat them or hang them by your door — your choice.

HOPES OF PROSPERITY

In other countries, several traditions have evolved in the hopes they will bring money and fortune in the coming year. In some Latin American countries it is believed the color of your undergarments will bring prosperity and success. Red brings love, white brings harmony, and green brings health. In Spain, eating 12 grapes, beginning at the stroke of midnight and then one for each stroke thereafter, brings good luck. And, in the Philippines, circles represent prosperity, so it’s common to see people wearing polka dots and carrying loose coins in their pockets; the “jangle” is believed to attract wealth.

While New Year’s Eve traditions center around parties and celebrations, New Year’s Day traditions tend to focus on what food to eat (and maybe sleeping off from having “too much fun” the night before). Several foods appear regularly on many New Year’s Day menus because they’re considered good luck.

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