on the stroke of midnight, the ENGLISH
open the back door to let the old year out and ask the first
dark haired man to be seen to come through the front door
carrying salt, coal and bread. This means that the following
year everyone in the house will have enough to eat, enough
money and be warm enough.
most spicy custom takes place in ITALY.
Both men and women traditionally wear red underclothes which
are said to bring good luck in the coming year. To ensure
happy relationships in the new year, a romantic night on New
Year's Eve is also 'necessary'. A traditional dish served
on this night is lentils and cotechino orzampone, both types
of pork: they symbolise abundance in life and fortune.
is given to the food served on New Year's Eve in the CZECH
REPUBLIC. It must be ensured that no animal
meat ends up in the pan. Why? Because they once had legs,
and the the luck would hop or fly away! Fish dishes are just
as unpopular, due to the fear that luck could swim away. This
is why the Czechs will often eat lentils or soup with small
peas. According to tradition, a person can thus ensure a good
financial situation for the entire coming year.
it is a good sign to find your door entrance heaped with a
pile of broken dishes. Old dishes are saved year around and
thrown at the doors of friends' homes for good luck. Finding
a big pile of broken dishes on the morning of January 1 means
you have lots of friends and that you'll have good relationships
throughout the year.
(Courtesy of HolidayCheck.com)