Good Luck Traditions for the New Year in 2021

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These good luck traditions for the new year have been around for generations!

But this year, the year of 2020, has been exceptionally challenging for us all, so we’re paying close attention to these traditions even more so for 2021!

And because these good luck traditions are so easy and don’t require anything crazy, you might as well tip the odds more in your favor!

Good Luck Traditions for the New Year

Traditions for a Lucky New Year

So, Christmas is over and New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching.

Hence, the reason why I always think about good luck traditions for the new year.

For some reason I’ve always been somewhat of a superstitious person.

In particular, I truly do not like the number 13.

As a matter of fact, I avoid it at all costs.

So, any knowledge I can get to increase my chances of good luck for the new year, I’m all ears.

Clearly, I’ve done some of my own research.

Furthermore, I have found that some good luck traditions for the new year are done before, during, and after the stroke of midnight.

good luck traditions for the new year Before New Year’s Eve

One of the good luck traditions for the new year before it is officially January 1st is to stock up on food and money.

Traditions for a Lucky New Year

Stock Up on Food & Money for a lucky new year

Stocking up on food and money will bring you prosperity for the upcoming year.

Yes, I know, after shelling out a lot of money for Christmas gifts, it’s tough to stock up on food and money!

But whatever we can do to stock up, we will.

And I guess it makes sense that if you can stock up on food and money, you will naturally be somewhat prosperous in the new year.

Or, at least you’ll start out that way!

good luck traditions for the new year On New Year’s Eve 

Here are things you can do on New Year’s Eve to increase your luck in the new year.

Celebrate with Family & Friends

Naturally, celebrating with family and friends is supposed to chase away bad luck and bring good luck.

Without a doubt, you can’t have bad luck if you have a good support system of family and friends, right?

Make Noise!

Make some noise

So, do anything you can to make noise!

Play drums, set off fireworks, or beat cymbals.

Making noise will chase away evil spirits.

This Megaphone with Siren (Amazon) will totally do the trick and make plenty of noise!

Kiss at Midnight

Kissing at midnight is a symbol that your affection and closeness will last all year, bringing luck to your relationship.

And, it just happens to be fun too!

what to do After midnight on January 1st for a lucky new year

Finally, here are several traditions for a lucky new year to do anytime after the clock strikes 12:00 on January 1st.

Eat Round Fruits

Eating round fruits brings good luck.

For example, eat 12 grapes to represent one grape for each month of the new year.

Eat Black Eyed Peas & Lentils

Eating black eyed peas and lentils brings good luck and prosperity because they resemble coins when cooked.

Eat Pork

Eating pork brings good luck because pigs root forward.

Make Hoppin John

I make this Easy Recipe for Hoppin John every New Year’s Day for extra good luck!

And it’s so delicious too, so why not guarantee your good luck while eating something really yummy?

Traditions for a Lucky New Year

Hoppin John is a great New Year’s Day recipe that includes a couple of the traditional good luck foods:

  • Black-eyed peas
  • Pork

Serve it with a side of green veggies and eat 12 grapes for dessert and you just might be the luckiest person you know!

Eat Green Vegetables

Eating green vegetables brings good luck and prosperity because the color green symbolizes money.

Two Foods You Should Not Eat

Two foods that you are not supposed to eat on New Year’s Day are chicken and turkey.

Why? They supposedly bring you bad luck because they scratch backward.

Hmmm. Who knew?

Be the First Footer or Lucky Bird

Another tradition for a lucky new year is the ‘First Footer’ or ‘Lucky Bird’ tradition.

The first footer is the first person to ‘cross the threshold’ into the home on New Year’s Day.

Therefore, they bring good fortune for the new year!

In addition, traditionally this first person just happens to be a tall, dark, and handsome man!

Traditions for a Lucky New Year

In contrast, a woman or light haired male are considered to be unlucky as the first person to cross the threshold.

Again, who knew?

So, be sure that if you’re having a New Year’s Eve party, you invite your favorite tall, dark, and handsome male friend.

And make sure that he isn’t inside the house at the stroke of midnight.

He can walk in right after midnight and give you good fortune for the upcoming year.

Bad Luck Traditions to stay away from for a lucky new year

Here are a couple bad luck traditions to avoid on January 1st:

Don’t Allow Anything to Leave the House on the January 1st

One thing that is believed to bring bad luck is to allow anything to leave the house on the first day of the year.

Not even trash!

So, wait to take your trash out, or anything else for that matter, until January 2nd.

Don’t Do Laundry or Wash Dishes

Another thing that is believed to bring bad luck is to do laundry or wash dishes on New Year’s Day.

Hallelujah! I now know that I have one day a year with the best excuse ever not to wash dishes or do laundry!

Why, because it will bring us bad luck of course!

Sing Auld Lang Syne

In conclusion, I’d like to include the words to the famous song sung at the stroke of midnight, Auld Lang Syne.

This won’t necessarily bring you good luck, but you will be admired by all of your friends for knowing all of the words to this centuries old song!

Auld Lang Syne
by Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,

We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu’d the gowans fine;

We’ve wander’d many a weary foot
Sin’ auld lang syne

We two hae paidled i’ the burn,
Frae mornin’ sun till dine;

But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne

And here’s a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine;

We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
and never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,

We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne
Above all, have fun and stay safe on New Year’s Eve.

And here’s to a happy, prosperous, and lucky new year!

Lord knows we all need it!

If you’re looking for some delicious cocktails to drink for New Year’s Eve, click on over to:

New Year’s Eve Cocktails: 16 Sparkling Bubbly Cocktails to Celebrate With.

And here’s a gift guide for something special to wear on New Year’s Eve.

The Ultimate New Years Eve Party Gift Guide for Him & Her.

For more New Year’s Customs, Traditions and Superstitions from Around the World, like what color underwear you should be wearing {Really?}, you have to get this book:

Happy New Year!!  

Pam
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