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Seven New Year's Superstitions

Celebrate New Year's Eve by learning or simply revisiting some of the most fabulous New Year's Eve superstitions. Start the New Year right by reading these seven superstitions.

12 Grapes 

A popular superstition in the Mediterranean and Latin American countries, many revelers suggest eating 12 grapes at midnight to ensure good luck for each month of the coming year. Be sure to have plenty of grapes on hand for your guests.

For a fun twist, plop one or two in a glass of champagne for the midnight toast!

Bring on the Noise!

New Year's wouldn't be complete with noisemakers! Tradition holds that making lots of noise at midnight will ward off evil spirits from entering the New Year.

Pick up enough party blowers and noisemakers from the Celebrations Party Store or try the old-fashioned way of banging pots and pans with your guests!

Black Eyed Peas

This tradition began in the south when poor farmers were forced to eat their livestock feed (black eyed peas) in order to survive a brutal winter. This superstition holds true today, with many believing that eating black eyed peas on New Years day will ensure a prosperous and safe new year.

Try Celebrations.com expert Mark Addison's delicious black eyed pea recipe!

Money in Your Pocket

Be sure to keep some change in your pocket at midnight to bring good fortune and wealth in the New Year. Just before midnight, pass around a roll of coins to your guests to make sure everyone is prepared!

Wear Something New (and Red!)

Forecast your fashion fortune in the coming months and wear a new outfit on New Year's. Even if it is one piece like a fancy new skirt for you or tie for you guy, this superstition is a perfect excuse for a little shopping. Or, double your luck and be sure to wear something in red.

Put Pork on the Menu

When planning your dinner menu, focus on pork. Since pigs eat their food moving forward, enjoying pork on New Year's will assure the year ahead will be bountiful.

Here are some tasty pork recipes to try.

The Midnight Kiss

We all know how important that first kiss at midnight is, especially so for spouses and significant others. That first kiss ensures intimacy and a close relationship throughout the New Year. Pucker up with a special new lip gloss!

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Jennifer Geddes
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