Why should you ring in the New Year with family and friends? It is thought that the first visitors you see after ringing in the New Year would bring you good or bad luck, depending on who you keep as friends and enemies. Keep your friends close and your enemies far, far away!
The top three destinations in the United States to ring in the New Year are Las Vegas, Disney World and New York City.
Food plays a big role in New Year’s traditions. Eating black-eyed peas, ham or cabbages are thought to bring prosperity. However, stay away from bad luck foods like lobsters, because they move backwards, and chicken, because they scratch in reverse. It is believed that eating these on New Year’s day might cause a reversal of fortune.
In Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, families stuff a life-size male doll called Mr. Old Year, with memories of the outgoing year and dress him in old clothes from each family member. At midnight he is set on fire, thus burning away the bad memories of the year.
40 to 45 percent of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. The top New Year’s resolutions include weight loss, exercise, quitting smoking and better money management. By the second week of January,25 percent of people have abandoned their resolutions.
In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day as a symbol of good luck for the upcoming year.