There are many beliefs and traditions practiced on New Year’s Eve as well as on the first day of the year. Some of these are rooted in tradition while others are superstitions for attracting luck and good fortune throughout the year. The 1st of January is an important day not only because it marks the first day in the Gregorian calendar, but to most people, this day also commemorates the closing of a chapter in our lives. It is a time for new beginnings and new resolutions, time to make changes, start anew, and pursue new opportunities, new habits and new goals. New Year is the time we get so motivated to take out our journals and jot down our goals and make plans on plan on how to achieve them within the year. Other people go as far as rearranging their furniture and preparing good luck charms, which they scatter all over their property.
All over the world, there are many beliefs and practices that have become a part of the New Year tradition. Though these beliefs and practices do not guarantee 100% success in the future, people choose to follow them because it gives them reassurance and encouragement for the New Year. Here at Psychic Truth, we have compiled some of the common beliefs and practices all over the world in preparation for the coming of the New Year.
From gathering and stacking circular fruits to wearing polka dot-patterned clothes and placing coins all over your house, in your wallets and all your pockets, many people believe that these practices will bring prosperity in the future. The circular shape is attributed to coins and the more circular things you surround yourself with, the better your chance of attracting more abundance in your life. People gather 12 types of circular fruits to represent the twelve months of the year as well as to symbolise that all things come full circle. Some people prepare one or two of each type of circular fruit while others opt to have twelve of each type so that they can give them as offerings or donations to other people when the festivities are over.
Jump High and Leap
New Year is another chance for personal growth. Other people take this literally and believe that by jumping as high and as many times as possible, they can increase their height even by a few centimetres. This is encouraged especially for children. Some people also believe that this energetic activity can shake out bad energy and release them so that they can absorb good energy for the New Year. On other parts of the world, people take a giant leap instead of jumping up and down. This action is said to symbolise moving away from the past and entering the New Year. In Demark, this tradition is often done by standing on a chair to create a giant leap once you jump down.
From blowing trumpets to smashing plates or banging pots and pans, making noise is a common practice done all over the world. People believe that loud noise can drive evil spirits and bad omens away. This is also why people light firecrackers especially those that create loud noise as well as generate bright lights. The different flashing, bright lights is believed to drive the evil spirits and the bad energies away so that good luck can enter and reside throughout the year. This tradition is said to have originated during the ancient times, when fireworks or firecrackers were first invented in ancient China in 200BC. Disney’s popular 1998 and 2020 film, Mulan, which is set during the Han Dynasty clearly depicts a New Year celebration complete with loud noise and firework display and is a popular representation of this tradition.
As the ball drops in Time Square, thousands of couples kiss each other to signify the start of the New Year. This display is a common scene when you take part or watch the countdown in New York City. All over the world, the midnight kiss is practised in belief that if you kiss someone you love at the first strike of the New Year, this love will carry over the whole year. Most people believe that if you start the New Year with the people you love such as family and friends, you can have a harmonious and loving relationship with them throughout the whole year. This belief may have been derived from the Scottish Hogmanay tradition where people kiss each other at their year-end celebrations, which may have been influenced by Norse and Gaelic traditions.
Open Doors and Switch on Lights
Most people celebrate the New Year in their houses not only to spend it with their family but also so that they can open the doors and the lights when midnight strikes. People believe that by opening their doors and windows, they can let the old year, including all the negative things, evil spirits and the bad energies out and away from their homes. To prepare for the New Year, people also switch on their lights to invite positive energy and good luck and light their way as they navigate the New Year. These actions represent letting go of the past and everything it carries to start afresh in the New Year.
Pocket-Full of Money
People place coins and money inside their pockets or their wallets and shake them when midnight strikes. Not only does the noise this creates drive evil spirits away, but they believe that having a pocket-full of money can bring good returns throughout the year. Some people also believe in not spending money on the first day of the year for fear that this would set the momentum and create causes for them to spend a lot throughout the whole year. They also would not borrow money or lend money on the first day, instead, they would opt to keep money on their pockets or start saving.
Work and Play
Though most works are on break during holidays, some choose to open their businesses or work on the 1st of January in the belief that this can set the momentum for their careers throughout the year. People believe that keeping their shops open or working for a couple of hours invites monetary abundance and good fortune for their businesses and make sure that they will be open the whole year. People also believe that doing work, playing in moderation, and setting aside time for rest during the first day of the year also sets the tone for a good work-life balance throughout the year.
Other beliefs and traditions practiced during the New Year festivities include not having empty cupboards to have an abundant stock throughout, not cleaning or sweeping the floors to not drive away good luck and not crying on the first day of the year to avoid sadness and negative thoughts throughout the whole year. There is no harm in following these beliefs and traditions so long as they do not inconvenience anyone. Other people also take this chance to get readings from fortune tellers so that they can be guided as they set their goals and plan for the New Year. Psychics, Medium and Clairvoyants are also consulted especially by those who would like to reach out to their family and friends to settle issues and achieve peace within themselves.
If you are troubled and would want guidance on how you can mend strained relationships especially before the year ends, or if you are seeking guidance and advice for the coming year, we have Psychics, Mediums and Clairvoyants with abilities to help you connect with higher beings to receive the messages or the advice that you urgently need at this time to help you in the New Year. Connect with a Psychic Truth reader today, phone us on 01223 800 616.