Tuesday, December 30, 2008
New Year's Traditions
My grandmother Higdon was a superstitious woman. She was always looking out for her family by telling us to be careful not to break a mirror or we would have seven years of bad luck, not to let a black cat cross our path, not to walk underneath ladders, and NEVER open an umbrella in the house. Any one of these could cause some long-term disaster.
As this year ends, I remember my childhood and the most important thing we did as a family on New Year's Day--that was to have a big helping of black-eyes peas. Meme (that was what I called my grandmother) said that it would bring us prosperity. It seemed to work; we always had enough money to meet our needs.
Some other New Year's superstitions and traditions:
*Kiss your lover at mid-night to assure love all year long.
*Open you doors and windows at mid-night to let the old year out and the new year in.
*Wear new clothes on New Year's Day so that you have new garments all year.
*A baby born on January 1 will have good luck all their life.
***Is there a special tradition you practice on New Years that may have been handed down or practiced by your ancestors or family?