2017

Traditions are an every day part of life, whether you think you are a traditionalist or not, and almost everyone has their fair share of superstitions. But just in case you lack in either one of them, we offer a few of the more popular traditions and superstitions in America below. Follow along or throw them out the window, but either way, have a great 2017! Good Eats, Good Luck • Every Texan should know, eating Black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is said to bring good luck, fortune and safety in the coming year. • Some choose to eat 12 grapes, one grape for each month of the year, for good fortune. What to Wear to Bring Good Luck • Wear something new on New Year's Day. It ensures more new clothing in the New Year. • Wear red clothing on New Year’s Day. What to Do on New Year’s Eve • Kissing your spouse or lover at midnight ensures you will have a good year together. • There should be money in your pocket at the stroke of midnight. • Doors and windows should be left open at midnight to let the old year out. • Make lots of noise at the stroke of midnight. Evil spirits attempt to come into the brand new year and noise scares them away. • The pantry should be stocked with food and it will stay that way. What to Do on New Year’s Day • The first words you hear in the minutes of the New Year will set the pace for the entire year. • Do something you are good or successful at on New Year’s Day. This will set the pace for the rest of the New Year. • Any baby born on New Year’s Day has good luck the rest of their life. The baby also brings good luck to the family. • No sweeping or dusting the first day of the year. The good luck could be swept out. New Year's Eve Superstitions • Poultry should never be eaten on January 1st. Poultry scratch for their food, so those who eat poultry will "scratch" for their food all year.